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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05 Nov 19
Japanese Larder by Luiz Hara

Japanese Larder by Luiz Hara

Review by Laura Richardson

The Japanese Larder goes beyond being simply a recipe book and rather is an informative introduction to a wide and varied range of those Japanese ingredients. It helps to expel the myth that Japanese food is complicated to make and brings a range of new and exciting dishes to your dining table.

04 Nov 19
Samurai: A Concise History by Michael Wert

Samurai: A Concise History by Michael Wert

Review by Trevor Skingle

In this very handy sized and concise book of just over one-hundred pages Professor Michael Wert attempts to explain in easy to understand terms the origins and development of the samurai, that most archetypal of Japanese warriors.

28 Oct 19
Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

Review by Chris Arning

Durian Sukegawa’s Sweet Bean Paste is a tender story chronicling the unlikely bond between an ex con and an elderly lady with a shadowy past. The novel starts in a comical vein like a classic ‘odd couple’ narrative but turns into something else.

23 Oct 19
The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War by Jeremy A. Yellen

The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War by Jeremy A. Yellen

Review by Francesco Cioffo

The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere is in fact a truly timely addition to the historiography of modern Japan in general and a fundamental contribution to the study of the Japanese wartime experience.

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