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14 Oct 19
Tanaka 1587 by Stephen Turnbull

Tanaka 1587 by Stephen Turnbull

Review by Trevor Skingle

The book’s narrative revolves around the Higo-kunishu Ikki (Higo People’s Revolt), the conflict which helped trigger the katanagari sword hunt in 1588, commonly referred to as the Taiko’s Sword Hunt, to deny swords to Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s enemies and the peasantry.

09 Oct 19
Kinshu: Autumn Brocade by Miyamoto Teru

Kinshu: Autumn Brocade by Miyamoto Teru

Review by Robert Paul Weston

Kinshu is an epistolary novel, told in a series of letters between a divorced and thoroughly estranged couple. Aki and her former husband, Yasuaki, have neither spoken nor seen each other in over a decade.

08 Oct 19
Yone Noguchi: the stream of fate by Edward Marx

Yone Noguchi: the stream of fate by Edward Marx

Review by Peter Kornicki

Edward Marx has clearly done extensive research and has presented the most well-documented account of Yone Noguchi’s life so far.

Life for Sale by Mishima Yukio

Life for Sale by Mishima Yukio

Review by Susan Meehan

A welcome addition to the English language translations of Yukio Mishima’s work in the lead-up to the fiftieth anniversary of his death, it is an exuberant if patchily saucy read and reveals a different angle to Mishima.

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