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26 Mar 19
The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

Review by Timon Screech

In recognition of the 1000th anniversary of the Tale of Genji the Metropolitan Museum has mounted a glorious exhibition and published this catalogue.

08 Nov 18
Ninja: Unmasking the Myth by Stephen Turnbull

Ninja: Unmasking the Myth by Stephen Turnbull

Review by George Mullins

With references to Japanese linguistics, art and modern popular culture, Ninja: Unmasking the Myth is an entertaining, yet informative, book that offers a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the elusive history of the ninja or shinobi.

19 Oct 18
Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

Review by Beau Waycott

Published by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, this volume is a collection of enriching essays detailing Van Gogh’s relationship with Japanese art and the influence it had over him. Accompanied by beautiful, full-colour prints of both European and Japanese works, this is an art book that holds true and tangible value in its aesthetic design and intellectual property.

03 Oct 18
Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity

Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity

Review by Kate Taylor-Jones

This book serves to situate Tanaka Kinuyo not only in her own career and life but as part of a wider debate on women in Japanese cinema.

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