Issue 32

Book Review Issue 32 Volume 6 Number 2 (April 2011)

Editor: Sean Curtin
Managing Editor: John Toppon

 

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03 Aug 11
2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake

2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake

Originally called Quakebook on Twitter, 2:46 is a collection of stories about the tsunami and earthquake, which exploded onto the book scene in March of 2011. This was a result of one individual’s simple question to Twitter users: “What can we do?” Whilst many people the world over sat and watched the unfolding disaster on TV and newspapers not knowing how to help, 2:46 got crowdsourcing.

27 Jul 11
100 Years of Judo in Great Britain: Reclaiming of Its True Spirit (Volumes 1 & 2)

100 Years of Judo in Great Britain: Reclaiming of Its True Spirit (Volumes 1 & 2)

The late Richard Bowen was an accomplished student and instructor of judo. Bowen was also an indefatigable researcher into the history of judo in this country. He amassed a considerable archive of letters, photographs and other documentary records (which are now held in the Richard Bowen Collection at the University of Bath). His two volume history is a pleasingly written and the combined work runs to nearly 1000 pages.

25 May 11
Whaling in Japan: Power, Politics and Diplomacy

Whaling in Japan: Power, Politics and Diplomacy

Tokyo’s combative stance on whaling often seems at odds with its trademark consensual approach to international affairs. This position seems even stranger when one considers that the vast majority of the public have little interest or enthusiasm for the topic, yet the government vigorously pursues a highly controversial pro-whaling policy which tarnishes the country’s image.

09 May 11
The Japanese House, Material Culture in the Modern Home

The Japanese House, Material Culture in the Modern Home

Until the Second World War individual Japanese houses retained some elements of the aesthetic which so pleased and inspired Edward Morse [author of “Japanese Homes and their Surroundings” – 1885], Bruno Taut [author of “Houses and People of Japan” – 1938] and others. In the war huge swathes of Japanese cities were destroyed by bombing and fire. Japan’s housing stock had to be almost completely replaced. Except in some country areas and in a few exclusive urban districts, the old style individual house generally ceased to exist.

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