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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.

An Interview with Taro Hakase about his new album JAPONISM

Events

An Interview with Taro Hakase about his new album JAPONISM

Mike Sullivan catches up with Taro Hakase on his world tour and discusses his dual love of London and Japan. Interview by Mike Sullivan

Like Father Like Son

Events

Like Father Like Son

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda When six year old Keita Nonomiya starts taking all sorts of exams to enter primary school, a blood test reveals that he is not actually Ryota and Midori’s son. The news that they have [...] Review by Susan Meehan

Across the Three Pagodas Pass: The Story of the Thai-Burma Railway

Books

Across the Three Pagodas Pass: The Story of the Thai-Burma Railway

By Yoshihiko Futamatsu Primarily the book provides an account of his wartime experiences, a personal story of hardship, illness and disappointment over failed attempts at repatriation. The author is [...] Review by Ian Nish

Two Cultures United by Tea

Events

Two Cultures United by Tea

This special event about how the UK and Japan are united by tea took place at the beautiful Banqueting House, created for James I in Whitehall [...] Review by Michael Sullivan

Kotoko

Films & Series

Kotoko

By Shinya Tsukamoto The premise of the movie takes on a subject which is taboo in Japan, mental illness, and presents the plight of a single mother trying to raise a baby while [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

The Winter Sun Shines In, A Life of Masaoka Shiki

Books

The Winter Sun Shines In, A Life of Masaoka Shiki

By Professor Donald Keene This latest book describes the life and works of one of the most significant poets of the Meiji period, when Japanese literature in response to the revolutionary changes [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Yamamoto Isoroku: Leadership, Strategy, Conflict

Books

Yamamoto Isoroku: Leadership, Strategy, Conflict

By Mark Stille This slim volume provides an introduction to the life and strategy of one of the leading Japanese naval commanders in the Pacific War: Isoroku Yamamoto. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Two Cultures United by Tea

Events

Two Cultures United by Tea

This tea event was a highlight of the Japan400 Week, marking the delivery of official letters and presents from King James I of England and VI of Scotland to [...] Review by Susan Meehan

Throne of Blood

Films & Series

Throne of Blood

Directed by Akira Kurosawa This movie is an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the story is focused around Washizu who is a general for the lord of spider web castle. The movie brings together [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

From up on Poppy Hill

Films & Series

From up on Poppy Hill

Directed by Goro Miyazaki This production follows a common theme in Studio Ghibli movies of innocent romance and the coming of age of teenagers, this time set in 1960s Yokohama. Review by Mike Sullivan