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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.

10 Sep 19
Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan by Grace E. Lavery

Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan by Grace E. Lavery

Review by Laurence Green

This account seeks to remind us of the excitement and promise Japan held for the Victorian populace in particular, when many of these notions were first introduced. Japan as the ‘Other Empire’ – the world’s first non-Western modernity.

02 Sep 19
Noriko Smiling by Adam Mars-Jones

Noriko Smiling by Adam Mars-Jones

Review by Laurence Green

Over the course of around 240 pages, writer Adam Mars-Jones sets to examining Late Spring with a fine-toothed comb, offering a surprisingly frank, and often humorous take on the film’s narrative and themes.

23 Jul 19
Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan

Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan

Review by Laurence Green

This publication showcases the Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection of Japanese military prints and related materials-one of the largest collections of such works in the world. This body of visual works chronicles Japan’s rise as a modern nation from the beginning of the Meiji Restoration in 1868 through the aftermath of Pearl Harbor in 1942, with a focus on the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars.

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