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31 Jan 18
The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker

The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker

Review by Graham Hardman

Written with considerable passion and eloquence, Sophie Walker’s focus is ‘not on the history or scholarship of the many types of Japanese garden, but on its broader aspiration to high art and its ability to engage complex conceptual and philosophical propositions’.

15 Dec 17
Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost by Shimazaki Satoko

Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost by Shimazaki Satoko

Review by Trevor Skingle

Shimazaki Satoko’s book focuses on the developments and changes in kabuki since the 1825 premiere of Tsuruya Nanboku IV’s play Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan.

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.

20 Sep 17
Hokusai Beyond The Great Wave

Hokusai Beyond The Great Wave

Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

A valuable reminder of the Hokusai exhibition at the British Museum as well as insights into Hokusai’s life and work.

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