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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13 Feb 19
The Courage to Be Disliked by Kishimi Ichiro and Koga Fumitake

The Courage to Be Disliked by Kishimi Ichiro and Koga Fumitake

Review by Charlotte Goff

Published in Japan in 2013, The Courage to Be Disliked is, at its heart, an invocation for readers to take control of their own destinies.

24 Jan 19
A Shameful Life by Dazai Osamu

A Shameful Life by Dazai Osamu

Review by George Mullins

Ningen Shikkaku (translated as ‘A Shameful Life’) still persists as one of the most widely read and critically acclaimed novels in Japan. Mark Gibeau’s latest translation certainly provides a refreshing and interesting reconstruction of this Japanese classic.

18 Dec 18
Shoplifters directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu

Shoplifters directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu

Review by Morgane Chinal-Dargent

The latest film by Kore-eda finds his own way to make a powerful and necessary social critic within a genuinely touching modern melodrama that owe him to integrate the legacy of emblematic filmmaker who decided to give a voice to the outcasts of the society.

19 Nov 18
Japan - 100 Hidden Towns edited by Anthony Gardner

Japan – 100 Hidden Towns edited by Anthony Gardner

Review by Susan Meehan

The book is a welcome addition for intrepid travellers keen to deviate from the more well-trodden paths, but it is also extremely useful for repeat visitors to Japan and Japan residents.

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