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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.

Snow Falling on Cedars

Films

Snow Falling on Cedars

Directed by Scott Hicks This is a story about the trial of a Japanese American, Kabuo Miyamoto, accused of murdering a white American, Carl Heine, over a land dispute. Review by Michael Sullivan

Rivers

Books

Rivers

By Miyamoto Teru These three stories – spanning decades but always set in Osaka, each by the side of a river – show the daily struggles of a proletariat population, suffering not only from the squalor of poverty but also suffering [...] Review by Chris Corker

The Railway Man

Films

The Railway Man

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzy The Railway Man is a powerful film based on Eric Lomax’s book of the same name, featuring particularly wonderful performances by Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine as, respectively, the young and older Lomax. Review by Susan Meehan

Sushi Slim

Books

Sushi Slim

By Makiko Sano The book came out in 2013, it is a lovely looking book and a quick flick through reveals many beautiful photos. Before going into the specifics of making sushi, Makiko provides a very thorough explanation of [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

The British Courts and Extra-territoriality in Japan, 1859-1899

Books

The British Courts and Extra-territoriality in Japan, 1859-1899

By Christopher Roberts In this meticulously researched book, Dr Roberts presents a detailed account of the work of the British courts operating in Japan under the terms of the 1858 Treaty. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Japonisme and the Rise of the Modern Art Movement: The Arts of the Meiji Period

Books

Japonisme and the Rise of the Modern Art Movement: The Arts of the Meiji Period

Edited by Gregory Irvine This book is much more than another book on Japonisme in late ninetenth century Europe. Gregory Irvine describes the way in which Japanese art objects reached the west in a chapter headed [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Blue Bamboo

Books

Blue Bamboo

By Dazai Osamu This collection of short stories, released recently through the still relatively young Kurodhahan Press, can be seen as a quaint but pleasant divergence from the narrative and themes that fans of Dazai will [...] Review by Chris Corker

See You Tomorrow, Everyone

Films

See You Tomorrow, Everyone

Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura The movie begins with a newsreel about the ‘Projects,’ a housing estate where people can live, work, shop and go to school without ever leaving the local area. Happy families and housewives are shown living and [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

YoKOYA Launch Party

Events

YoKOYA Launch Party

On Monday 7 October 2013, YoKOYA restaurant staged a launch party to announce to London that a new kind of Japanese restaurant had arrived. It is located near Camden and Mornington Crescent tube [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

Haruka Abe – Interview with an Actress

Events

Haruka Abe – Interview with an Actress

Mike Sullivan interviews Haruka Abe on her life and work Interview by Mike Sullivan