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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.

See You Tomorrow, Everyone

Films & Series

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

Japan Matsuri 2013

Events

Japan Matsuri 2013

The 2013 Japan Matsuri was held in Trafalgar Square, its second year at the world famous venue. The annual event brings the Japanese community and Londoners together to enjoy [...] Review by Sean Curtin

Slurp! A Social and Culinary History of Ramen – Japan’s Favorite Noodle Soup

Books

Slurp! A Social and Culinary History of Ramen – Japan’s Favorite Noodle Soup

By Barak Kushner In delving into the history of ramen Kushner throws light on many interesting aspects of Japanese social and political history as well as on Japan’s lengthy and complex relationship with China. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Out of Silence: A Pianist’s Yearbook

Books

Out of Silence: A Pianist’s Yearbook

By Susan Tomes Out of Silence traces a year in the life of a classical pianist in the form of a blog. Each entry develops a theme that has inspired the author's interpretation of [...] Review by Lisa Ueda

The Woodsman and the Rain

Films & Series

The Woodsman and the Rain

Directed and written by Shuichi Okita In The Woodsman and the Rain the interaction of a film crew and the inhabitants of a small village are shown through the eyes of a widowed lumberjack and a young director. Review by Mike Sullivan

My Father in his Suitcase, In search of E.J.H.Corner the Relentless Botanist

Books

My Father in his Suitcase, In search of E.J.H.Corner the Relentless Botanist

By John K.Corner Professor Corner was ‘one of the most colourful and productive biologists and mycologists of the 20th century.’ In 1929 he became assistant director of [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

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