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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.

The Return of Japan’s Long Lost Telescope

Events

The Return of Japan’s Long Lost Telescope

Four centuries ago King James I gave Japan its very first telescope. Sadly, the original telescope has been lost to the mists of time, but as part of the Japan400 celebrations in 2013 to mark four centuries since the first official encounter, a new telescope was constructed using traditional methods. Article by Sean Curtin

Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan

Books

Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan

By Sharon Kinsella This sociological study contains interesting material about aspects of the life of young women in modern Japan. The reader needs to bear in mind that Japan remains a male chauvinist society and Japanese women [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Triangle

Books

Triangle

By Hisaki Matsuura The story is an intriguing one: while wondering through Tokyo backstreets after an unfulfilling romantic affair with a married woman, Otsuki is surprised to bump into one of his old colleagues, Sugimoto, representing [...] Review by Chris Corker

Washi The Art of Japanese Paper

Books

Washi The Art of Japanese Paper

By Nancy Broadbent Casserley This book is based on the Parkes collection of Washi, part of the collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. It contains colour reproductions of a wide variety of Japanese handmade papers. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Like Someone in Love

Films

Like Someone in Love

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami Abbas Kiarostami's style is quite different to Hollywood directors who prefer big blockbuster action movies, moreover, his movies can be controversial. Like Someone in Love is no exception to this and [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

Colorful

Films

Colorful

Directed by Keiichi Hara The movie Colorful was screened at the ICA and included an introduction by the film’s director, Keiichi Hara, as well as a Q & A afterwards. Review by Mike Sullivan

Roujin Z

Films

Roujin Z

Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo and written by Katsuhiro Otomo Focusing on the problem of Japan’s ageing population, the film satirically reproduces the mech-orientated glory days of Japanese animation, placing this camp and overblown genre within a serious moral construct. Review by Chris Corker

An interview with Micha Colombo

Events

An interview with Micha Colombo

Susan Meehan interviews Micha Colombo, director of the play 'Woman in the Dunes' Interview by Susan Meehan

To The Kwai – And Back: War Drawings 1939-1945

Books

To The Kwai – And Back: War Drawings 1939-1945

By Ronald Searle The book tells his story from the fall of Singapore to his survival against the odds and eventual liberation. The text is fairly limited allowing the many finely drawn sketches to tell their own gruesome tale. Review by Sean Curtin

‘The Battle for China’ and ‘Clash of Empires in South China’

Books

‘The Battle for China’ and ‘Clash of Empires in South China’

By Mark Peattie, Edward Drea & Hans van de Ven (eds); Franco David Macri Apart from expert analyses of the Chinese and Japanese armies in 1937, the studies concentrate mainly on the war in the north and central belt of China, where Chinese industry and population were [...] Reviews by Ian Nish