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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.

Anjin: The Shogun and The English Samurai

Theatre & Stage

Anjin: The Shogun and The English Samurai

By Mike Poulton with Sho Kawai This inspiring play brings his story to life in a production written by Mike Poulton and Shoichiro Kawai, and directed by Gregory Doran (Royal Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director). An international supporting cast includes [...] Review by Michael Sullivan

Anjin: The Shogun and The English Samurai

Theatre & Stage

Anjin: The Shogun and The English Samurai

By Mike Poulton with Sho Kawai This production opened on 31 January, the date of Ieyasu Tokugawa’s birthday, marking 420 years since his birth. It is a completely bilingual production combining the talent of [...] Review by Susan Meehan

Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits, Volume VIII

Books

Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits, Volume VIII

Compiled & Edited by Sir Hugh Cortazzi As in the previous editions, the individuals profiled cover a broad spectrum of professions, in this particular volume ranging from the art world to [...] Review by Sean Curtin

VICTIM SUPPORT – How to support a client involved in serious litigation in Japan?

Events

VICTIM SUPPORT – How to support a client involved in serious litigation in Japan?

If you were to assist a client involved in a serious litigation in Japan where you cannot communicate in English with the relevant authorities, how would you deal with it? The speaker will discuss [...]

Holme, Ringer & Company, The Rise and Fall of a British Enterprise in Japan 1868-1940

Books

Holme, Ringer & Company, The Rise and Fall of a British Enterprise in Japan 1868-1940

By Brian Burke-Gaffney The dominant British firm in Nagasaki in the Meiji period was Holme, Ringer & Company which was controlled by Frederick Ringer (1838-1907). Burke-Gaffney in this book tells the story of [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Celebrating 50 years of Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield

Events

Celebrating 50 years of Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield

To celebrate half a century of achievement, former staff and students were invited to two special golden jubilee events hosted in collaboration with the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation at Daiwa House in London on Thursday 3 October 2013. Review by Sean Curtin

Hard Times in the Hometown, A History of Community Survival in Modern Japan

Books

Hard Times in the Hometown, A History of Community Survival in Modern Japan

By Martin Dusinberre Martin Dusinberre first went to Kaminoseki as an English language teacher. He found the town of great interest and returned there to undertake sociological research. In this well researched book he traces the [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

‘Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami’ 2013 Exhibition

Events

‘Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami’ 2013 Exhibition

By Carolina Khouri Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami project is dedicated to the victims of the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake, 11 March 2011. An exhibition of the project in POSK Gallery in 2013 will mark a [...]

Memoires of Japan, 1946 (A People Bowed But Not Broken)

Books

Memoires of Japan, 1946 (A People Bowed But Not Broken)

By Bernard T. Smith Bernard Smith describes in this memoir his life as an RAF officer on the staff of the British Commonwealth Air Force (BCAIR) Headquarters at Iwakuni in 1946. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Japoniæ insulæ, The mapping of Japan: Historical Introduction and Cartobibliograhy of European Maps

Books

Japoniæ insulæ, The mapping of Japan: Historical Introduction and Cartobibliograhy of European Maps

By Jason C. Hubbard Jason Hubbard has identified 125 main maps of Japan and includes illustrations of every one. He also lists their subsequent issues and notes any alterations made. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi