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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31 Jan 18
The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker

The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker

Review by Graham Hardman

Written with considerable passion and eloquence, Sophie Walker’s focus is ‘not on the history or scholarship of the many types of Japanese garden, but on its broader aspiration to high art and its ability to engage complex conceptual and philosophical propositions’.

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.

15 Dec 17
Beasts Head for Home by Abe Kobo

Beasts Head for Home by Abe Kobo

Review by David Boyd

The short novel takes place in war-torn Manchuria a couple of years after the collapse of the Japanese Empire.

Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost by Shimazaki Satoko

Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost by Shimazaki Satoko

Review by Trevor Skingle

Shimazaki Satoko’s book focuses on the developments and changes in kabuki since the 1825 premiere of Tsuruya Nanboku IV’s play Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan.

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