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03 Jun 19
Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

Review by Morgane Chinal-Dargent

Tokyo Ueno Station follows the ghost of one unfortunate young man, Kazu, whose fate is tragically linked to Ueno Park. Through dialogues with himself and the reader, the protagonist reveals the widening gap between classes in modern Japan.

Picnic in the Storm by Motoya Yukiko

Picnic in the Storm by Motoya Yukiko

Review by Beau Waycott

This book is a collection of short stories examining the wide range of issues Japan faces in its continuing mission to remain amongst the world’s superpowers.

28 Mar 19
The Ghost of Namamugi by Robert S.G. Fletcher

The Ghost of Namamugi by Robert S.G. Fletcher

Review by Trevor Skingle

In 1862 a British merchant was killed by samurai, in uncertain circumstances, at Namamugi – a quiet village near Yokohama. One year later, a British fleet bombarded the port of Kagoshima to extract reparations, reducing much of this south-western city to ash.

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.

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