The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis. Each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

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15 Nov 17
The Art of Shiguchi. Japanese Joinery on Display by Takishita Yoshihiro

The Art of Shiguchi. Japanese Joinery on Display by Takishita Yoshihiro

Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

This book contains essays and illustrations on shiguchi, the carefully worked joins that mantain united the pillars and beams of minka houses.

27 Oct 17
Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry

Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry

Review by Sir David Warren

This book is an account of the tragedy of the 3.11, told through the personal testimony of the survivors and also a meditation on its wider meaning.

24 Oct 17
Kwaidan by Rouge 28 Theatre

Kwaidan by Rouge 28 Theatre

Review by Heidi Potter

Using Rouge 28’s trademark fusion of puppetry, video projection and live performance, this production creates an atmosphere of tension and dread.

23 Oct 17
69 by Murakami Ryu

69 by Murakami Ryu

Review by Beau Waycott

Written with a relaxed and hugely entertaining register, Murakami Ryu’s 69 deftly illustrates that adolescence is most certainly a matter of adult literature when executed with a believable, and fundamentally relatable, protagonist.

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