Issue 73 (Feb)

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21 Feb 18
My Falling Down House by Jayne Joso

My Falling Down House by Jayne Joso

Review by Alice French

My Falling Down House provides a welcome escape from the everyday stress of living in modern society. It is a reminder of the basic importance of understanding one’s self in a world where we are constantly bombarded with virtual versions of others.

Echoes: Writers in Kyoto Anthology 2017

Echoes: Writers in Kyoto Anthology 2017

Review by Harry Martin

This is a reflective collection of work celebrating the international appeal of Japan, its ancient capital and the unique and varied culture it has to offer.

13 Feb 18
Japanese Girls Never Die directed by Matsui Daigo

Japanese Girls Never Die directed by Matsui Daigo

Review by Morgane Chinal-Dargent

Japanese Girls Never Die shows us two worlds, unable to communicate with one another and to fulfil the unrealistic and outdated expectations set of the society where the gender roles are shown as hugely unbalanced.

19 Jan 18
The History Problem. The Politics of War Commemoration in East Asia by Saito Hiro

The History Problem. The Politics of War Commemoration in East Asia by Saito Hiro

Review by Andrew Levidis

The History Problem is a rich and penetrating study of the vociferous debates and interactions among political parties and social movements of the right and left, over how to memorialize the Second World War and its legacies in post-imperial Japanese society.

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