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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.

Salad Anniversary

Books

Salad Anniversary

By Tawara Machi Salad Anniversary, is a delightfully small-sized book, with a washed pink cover, light but solid. And Tawara Machi’s poems are short but lively and personal. They feel more like an album of small photos telling a [...] Review by Chris Beckett

Islands of Protest: Japanese Literature from Okinawa

Books

Islands of Protest: Japanese Literature from Okinawa

By Davinder L. Bhowmik and Steve Rabson (eds.) This new collection of Okinawan literature refutes the image of a peaceful land where danger comes at the fangs of the habu snake or the box jellyfish rather than the tensions between its inhabitants. Review by Charlotte Goff

Tokyo Decadence: 15 Stories

Books

Tokyo Decadence: 15 Stories

By Murakami Ryū The stories of this collection, connected by topics of prostitution and unusual sexual proclivities, include shocking elements. From a trucker that enjoys self-emasculation and dressing up as a woman to the [...] Review by Chris Corker

Images

Books

Images

By Erica Facey This delightful bilingual collection is made up of one-vertical-line haiku in the Japanese, and 3-line haiku in English. The Japanese section meets its English counterpart in the middle coming the other way. Review by Chris Beckett

Gunboat Justice

Books

Gunboat Justice

By Douglas Clark Clark has scoured the archives, journals and relevant family records for photographs and sketches of the principal legal players so as to build up a fairly comprehensive picture gallery of them all – the most [...] Review by Chris Roberts

Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts

Books

Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts

By Michael Lucken In this interdisciplinary study, the author attempts to both discern the past in contemporary Japanese art, while also focusing on its innovative characteristics, unpicking and complicating the idea of Japan as [...] Review by Dominika Mackiewicz

Our Little Sister

Films

Our Little Sister

Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu Director Kore-eda has produced another gentle masterpiece – a family drama dealing with death, desertion, vulnerability, responsibility and loss. That the four main protagonists are women with with strong [...] Review by Susan Meehan

Cosmic Birds at IDFB 2016

Events

Cosmic Birds at IDFB 2016

By Ito Shun Cosmic Birds comprised twenty mechanical assemblages dancing in the ghostly offices and spaces of the old Municipal Bank located in the very heart of Birmingham. The site of the show contributed to the [...] Review by Dominika Mackiewicz

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

Books

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

By Susan Southard This work joins an increasing number of books about the enormity of suffering undergone and delivered by the Japanese more than 70 years ago. Southard’s motivation to research the story of the hibakusha [...] Review by Elizabeth Ingrams

Lost Japan

Books

Lost Japan

By Alex Kerr From the first page readers find themselves guided through the author’s extraordinary journey through vivid accounts of traditional Japanese life, from the landscape of Shikoku to the dressing rooms of Tokyo’s [...] Review by Harry Martin