2018 (Vol. 13)

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11 Oct 18
Killing Commendatore by Murakami Haruki

Killing Commendatore by Murakami Haruki

Review by Beau Waycott

Breaking from first-person narration for the first time in almost ten years, Murakami Haruki’s Killing Commendatore is an epic novel that fails to capture the wry poignance and fully immersive settings of his earlier works.

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.

13 Sep 18
Robata: Japanese Home Grilling by Silla Bjerrum

Robata: Japanese Home Grilling by Silla Bjerrum

Review by Niraja Singh

This beautifully-illustrated book introduces you to the art of this Japanese cuisine and teaches you how to cook this way in your own home, whether cooking on an authentic robata grill, your own barbecue or your oven grill. Choose from classic yakitori (chicken cooked on skewers), traditional Japanese fish robata dishes such as Miso Black Cod or a wonderful selection of vegetarian robata dishes.

12 Sep 18
A Tokyo Romance by Ian Buruma

A Tokyo Romance by Ian Buruma

Review by Beau Waycott

A Tokyo Romance to explain the beginning of a life-long love and fascination with Japanese culture and how it is manifested through art and design.

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