The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis. Each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

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03 Jun 19
Vessel

Vessel

Review by Susan Meehan

In a striking collaboration between the Olivier Award-winning Damien Jalet, who choreographed Hussein Chalayan’s Gravity Fatigue in 2015, and Japanese experimental sculptor Kohei Nawa, Vessel blurs the lines between the human form and its environment.

The Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman

The Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman

Review by Trevor Skingle

Anna Sherman tells of her search for the bells of Edo, exploring the city of Tokyo and its inhabitants and the individual and particular relationship of Japanese culture – and the Japanese language – to time, tradition, memory, impermanence and history.

A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

Review by Eluned Gramich

A Robot in the Garden is a funny, whimsical and charming debut – the sort of book you can happily finish on a sunny afternoon in the garden, wondering if there’s a robot hiding behind the garden shed…

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.

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