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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.

Japanese Larder: Bringing Japanese Ingredients into Your Everyday Cooking

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Japanese Larder: Bringing Japanese Ingredients into Your Everyday Cooking

By Luiz Hara 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 [...] Review by Laura Richardson

Samurai: A Concise History

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Samurai: A Concise History

By Michael Wert 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 [...] Review by Trevor Skingle

Sweet Bean Paste

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Sweet Bean Paste

By Durian Sukegawa 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’ [...] Review by Chris Arning

The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War

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The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War

By Jeremy A. Yellen 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 [...] Review by Francesco Cioffo

Tanaka 1587: Japan’s Greatest Unknown Samurai Battle

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Tanaka 1587: Japan’s Greatest Unknown Samurai Battle

By Stephen Turnbull The book’s narrative revolves around the Higo-kunishu Ikki (Higo People’s Revolt), the conflict which helped trigger the katanagari sword hunt in 1588, commonly referred to as the Taiko’s Sword Hunt, to [...] Review by Trevor Skingle

Kinshu: Autumn Brocade

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Kinshu: Autumn Brocade

By Miyamoto Teru Kinshu is an epistolary novel, told in a series of letters between a divorced and thoroughly estranged couple. Aki and her former husband, Yasuaki, have neither spoken nor seen each other in over a decade. Review by Robert Paul Weston

Yone Noguchi: the stream of fate

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Yone Noguchi: the stream of fate

By Edward Marx Edward Marx has clearly done extensive research and has presented the most well-documented account of Yone Noguchi’s life so far. Review by Peter Kornicki

Life for Sale

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Life for Sale

By Mishima Yukio A welcome addition to the English language translations of Yukio Mishima’s work in the lead-up to the fiftieth anniversary of his death, it is an exuberant if patchily saucy read and reveals a different angle to [...] Review by Susan Meehan

My Year of Meats

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My Year of Meats

By Ruth Ozeki My Year of Meats is essentially a story of the human life and the human body. It asks us to question what it means to be a woman, what we put in our bodies and how our offspring will value themselves in a world [...] Review by Azmina Sohail

Hamletine

Theatre & Stage

Hamletine

Directed by Bart Price and 2021 Though not for the faint-hearted, Hamletine is a piece that can provoke a huge array of emotional and intellectual responses, drawing on a refreshing mixture of pop culture and canon literature to create [...] Review by Alice Baldock