The Japan Society Review
The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis, both online and printed (members are entitled to receive a copy by post). Since the starting of the publication in 2006, each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions, tv series and exhibitions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.
The Japan Society Review is possible thanks to the work of volunteers who dedicated their time and expertise to help us to promote the learning and understanding of Japanese culture and society.
By Kawakami Hiromi Dragon Palace is a collection of eight short stories, set in wildly different times and settings, by the celebrated author of Strange Weather in Tokyo. Review by Cameron Bassindale
By Takahashi Hiroki Finger Bone is a war novel, but it is also a story of an individual man, and the lives of those that pass fleetingly around him in the worst of all possible circumstances. Review by Laurence Green
Theatre & StageYoshioka Nao at The Jazz Cafe
Yoshioka Nao’s latest performance at The Jazz Cafe was active and embodied and coupled with her powerful vocals, brought the music to life and left a lasting impact on the audience. Review by Jasmin Lau
BooksLonging and Other Stories
By Tanizaki Junichiro In this book, Tanizaki Junichiro, one of the most distinguished Japanese writers of the twentieth century, shares three compelling tales that delve into the complexities of family life. Review by Laurence Green
BooksSankyu Japan: Twittering thanks to Japan
By Paul Madden In this highly inventive book, Paul Madden maximises his extensive and varied experiences in Japan to provide a unique and, for many, fascinating series of insights into Japanese scenery, history, life and culture. Review by Ra Mason
BooksUmui: A Journey Across Okinawa
By Everett Kennedy Brown This book takes readers on an immersive exploration of Okinawa, capturing the essence of its resilient spirit and unveiling the profound cultural significance of the term umui. Review by Renae Lucas-Hall
BooksOrigami and Kirigami for the Home
By Wei You A colourful guide to creating decorative pieces for the home, parties and events alongside ideas for presents, cards and gift wrapping. Review by Tung Ken Lam
BooksOrigami From Surface To Form
By Tung Ken Lam In this dense little pocket book, leading paper folder Tung Ken Lam tells the story of origami, from its historic origins to its use in mathematics, medicine and the kitchen. Review by Robin Macey
BooksIro. The essence of Colour in Japanese Design
By Rossella Menegazzo A complex jigsaw of Japanese culture, colour and design, this book explores Japanese design as seen through the lens of traditional colour spectrum. Review by David Tonge
Issues (PDF)Issue 100 (August 2022, Volume 17, Number 4)
Celebrate the 100th issue of the Japan Society Review in this special publication with contributions from former editors, dedicated reviewers and trustees.