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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.

Tales from a Mountain Cave

Books

Tales from a Mountain Cave

By Inoue Hisashi The structure of the book involves a tale within a tale, a jigsaw compilation of the mysterious story-teller’s persona, an old man living in the mountain cave of the title, and that of his avid listener the narrator. Review by Jack Cooke

Interview with Yuriri Naka

Events

Interview with Yuriri Naka

Mike Sullivan interviews actress Yuriri Naka, one of the stars in the movie 'All That Remains'. Interview by Mike Sullivan

Shady

Films & Series

Shady

Directed by Ryohei Watanabe The movie has a narrative by the main character Misa Kumada. From the beginning it is clear that the main story follows her past experiences at high school while infrequently we see her as an adult in [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

Granta 127: Japan

Books

Granta 127: Japan

Edited by Yuka Igarashi Granta Literary Magazine has released an edition focusing exclusively on Japan and its culture. Combining fiction and photo exhibitions, this volume offers something exciting and unfamiliar for those [...] Review by Chris Corker

Interview with Violinist Midori Komachi

Events

Interview with Violinist Midori Komachi

Mike sullivan interviews violinist Midori Komachi following the release of her debut album. Interview by Mike Sullivan

Terracotta Far East Asian Film Festival Press Event

Events

Terracotta Far East Asian Film Festival Press Event

This is the fifth year of the Terracotta Far East Film Festival and it gets bigger and better each time. This year’s press event allowed us to get a preview of the line up of movies as well as see their trailers. Review by Mike Sullivan

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro

Books

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro

By Edogawa Rampo The detective, Akechi Kogorō is very much moulded in the image of Sherlock Holmes, on the one hand quick and ingenious, on the other eccentric and haughty. When taken to an extreme, Kogorō’s lack of humility [...] Review by Chris Corker

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