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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12 Feb 20
Spark by Naoki Matayoshi

Spark by Naoki Matayoshi

Review by Laurence Green

Spark is a story about art and friendship, about countless bizarre drunken conversations and how far it’s acceptable to go for a laugh. A novel about comedy that’s as moving and thoughtful as it is funny, it’s already been a sensation in Japan.

22 Jan 20
Tipping Point: Our World in Crisis

Tipping Point: Our World in Crisis

Review by Alice Baldock

Café Reason is the only UK butoh group outside of London. Their latest piece, Tipping Point, uses a dash of butoh ‘characteristics’ alongside many other interesting ways of moving.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Review by Azmina Sohail

Julie Otsuka’s novel of the immigrant experience is beautifully written. Its powerful narrative encapsulates the lives of a forgotten people still alive in the memories of Japan. It confronts the issue of immigrant integration head-on, holding up a mirror to contemporary society and its treatment of displaced populations.

17 Dec 19
Forty Seven Samurai : A Tale of Vengeance and Death in Haiku and Letters

Forty Seven Samurai : A Tale of Vengeance and Death in Haiku and Letters

Review by Trevor Skingle

Hiroaki Sato’s examination is a close, comprehensive look at the Ako Incident through the context of its times, portraits of the main protagonists, and its literary legacy in the haiku of the avengers.

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