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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.

Womansword: What Japanese Words Say about Women

Books

Womansword: What Japanese Words Say about Women

By Kittredge Cherry Three decades after its original publication, the book remains a rare resource for Japanese learners and those who wish better to understand how the Japanese language expresses womanhood. Review by Charlotte Goff

The Comfort Women: Historical, Political, Legal and Moral Perspectives

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The Comfort Women: Historical, Political, Legal and Moral Perspectives

By Kumagai Naoko Kumagai Naoko goes on to discuss the facts that can be firmly established. She asks ‘how much free will did the comfort women have’ and the extent of coercion exercised by the Japanese military [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Gaea Girls

Films

Gaea Girls

Directed by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams In Kim Longinotto’s observational documentary the line between reality and staging in the profession of female wrestling (joshi puroresu) is addressed with ambiguity. On the one hand, the training regimes [...] Review by George Barker

Silence

Films

Silence

Directed by Martin Scorsese Scorsese has adapted the famous novel of Endo Shusaku. The novel is set mainly around the 1630s at a time when the violent eradication of Christianity in the early Tokugawa era was mainly achieved, apart [...] Review by Roger Macy

Origami for Mindfulness

Books

Origami for Mindfulness

By Mari Ono Mindfulness has come into popular culture in recent years but it is a concept which is centuries old. Mari’s beautiful book is a joy for the senses and a perfect companion to practice mindfulness. Review by Margaret Russo

The Japanese Red Cross at Netley, 1915-1916

Books

The Japanese Red Cross at Netley, 1915-1916

By Gordon Daniels In this piece of detailed research, Dr Daniels has brought into focus the role of the Japanese Red Cross Relief Mission to Britain during the 1914-1918 war. For most of 1915, a team of highly qualified nurses and [...] Review by Gill Goddard

Your Name

Films

Your Name

Directed by Shinkai Makoto Your Name tells the story of teenagers Mitsuha and Taki, who have the humdrum of their daily lives disrupted when they mysteriously swap bodies. We see Taki going through the experience of living in the [...] Review by Poppy Cosyns

Kero Kero Bonito: Lily Allen Meets J-Pop

Events

Kero Kero Bonito: Lily Allen Meets J-Pop

Kero Kero Bonito are a quirky three piece from London producing exciting alternative dance music. What immediately sets this group apart is the heavy influence of kawaii J-Pop in their otherwise avowedly [...] Review by Annabelle Sami

Bridges Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers, 1945 to 2015

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Bridges Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers, 1945 to 2015

Edited by Suzanne Perrin and Jeremy Hoare This handy book comprises dialogues with ten distinguished personalities in the UK-Japan world who have made considerable contributions to the understanding of Japan in the UK. Review by Susan Meehan

The First Modern Japanese: The Life of Ishikawa Takuboku

Books

The First Modern Japanese: The Life of Ishikawa Takuboku

By Donald Keene Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912), the subject of this study, is little known outside Japan and according to Keene increasingly overlooked in Japan. For a time he was ‘Japan’s most popular poet. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi