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.
BooksRhythms, Rites and Rituals: my life in Japan in two-step and waltz-time
By Dorothy Britton Dorothy’s memoir, apart from being a frank record of her peripatetic life bridging the three cultures of Britain, America and Japan, has much to tell the reader about her contributions to cultural interchange [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi
BooksSage Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies ed. by James D. Babb
Edited by James D. Babb The book does exactly what its title and tastefully illustrated cover would suggest, providing an immense examination of the history, trends and possible future of innumerable aspects to the study of Japan. Review by Richard Coxford
BooksThe Growing Power of Japan, 1967-1972: analysis and assessments from John Pilcher
Compiled and edited by Sir Hugh Cortazzi In reading these detailed and sometimes learned essays, it is interesting to reflect on how, while some themes are timeless, so much in the geo-political context has changed. Pilcher was reporting at a time when [...] Review by Sir David Warren
EventsAn interview with actor Junichi Kajioka
Mike Sullivan interviews prolific actor Junichi Kajioka, currently working on his own film project, IMPHAL 1944, a movie about a war veteran who comes to London for reconciliation between the British and Japanese who fought in Imphal in 1944. Interview by Mike Sullivan
Books‘Endo’s Faith – Religious Persecution and Kiku’s Prayer’
By Shusaku Endo Endo insightfully depicts the characters in different situations amidst the persecution of the Christians in Urakami, a suburb of Nagasaki, during the turbulent years of the latter half of the nineteenth century. Review by Suki Maw
By Yoko Ogawa The tales that comprise Revenge have a broader significance to one another, generating a sense of co-dependence that gives birth to a narrative greater than the sum of its parts. Review by Chris Corker
Films & SeriesFuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats
Directed by Yosuke Fujita The movie is a comedy; Fuku-chan is introduced via his interactions with his friends. His friend tries to set him on the road to meeting the right woman, but Fuku-chan suffers from acute shyness, and comedy ensues. Review by Mike Sullivan
EventsThe Asia Pacific War and Its Legacy: A Historical Debate
Memories of the Second World War might be fading, but the legacy of the conflict lives on and is constantly at the centre of domestic and regional debates in East Asia. The event was chaired by Alessio Patalano, Senior Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London.
BooksNetsuke – 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan
By Norio Tsuchiya Norio Tsuchiya explains the history of netsuke and describes the different materials used to make them including ivory and various kinds of wood. She also gives some account of artists and carvers involved [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi
BooksInternational Politics in Northeast Asia: The China-Japan-United States Strategic Triangle
By Thomas L. Wilborn Twenty years ago Thomas Wilborn completed one of his final papers on the strategic triangle between China, Japan and the USA. Reading it today provides an intriguing insight into recent developments in Japan. Review by Michael Sullivan