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17 Jul 19
‘Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms by Abe Naoko

‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms by Abe Naoko

Review by Laurence Green

At once both a cracking story and a serious work of scholarly ambition, Naoko Abe’s account of Ingram’s life succeeds through virtue of being more than simple biography. It is a love letter to the joys that life can unveil when you find a passion and make it your own.

11 Mar 19
Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu by Andrew Thomson

Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu by Andrew Thomson

Review by Trevor Skingle

This book is a charming account of the author’s personal contemporary life in Japan and his explorations of Kyushu’s culture, cuisine, history and attractions.

07 Aug 18
Return from Siberia. A Japanese Life in War and Peace, 1925-2015

Return from Siberia. A Japanese Life in War and Peace, 1925-2015

Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

This book explores how one quite ordinary Japanese coped in war and peace and adapted to a changing Japan.

04 Sep 17
A. B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State: Letters Home by Robert Morton

A. B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State: Letters Home by Robert Morton

Review by Sir David Warren

Robert Morton’s excellent and readable biography gives a sympathetic portrait of A.B. Mitford, one of the earliest British diplomats in Japan.

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