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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.

Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan

Books

Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan

By Grace E. Lavery This account seeks to remind us of the excitement and promise Japan held for the Victorian populace in particular, when many of these notions were first introduced. Japan as the ‘Other Empire’ – the [...] Review by Laurence Green

Emily

Theatre & Stage

Emily

Directed by Matsui Akira, Richard Emmert, Ashley Thorpe Not only is Emily visually and aurally beautiful, it also makes clear arguments for Noh’s relevance to the contemporary world. Review by Alice Baldock

Harunobu Triptych and Other Poems

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Harunobu Triptych and Other Poems

By Dorothy Britton Dorothy’s collection of poems illustrates her highly personal travels across three continents. In this volume her poems are accompanied by her own sketches; some of which were influenced by the works of [...] Review by Gordon Daniels

Noriko Smiling

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Noriko Smiling

By Adam Mars-Jones Over the course of around 240 pages, writer Adam Mars-Jones sets to examining Late Spring with a fine-toothed comb, offering a surprisingly frank, and often humorous take on the film’s narrative and themes. Review by Laurence Green

Origami Soundscapes / The Crane

Theatre & Stage

Origami Soundscapes / The Crane

Music and Libretto by Verity Lane Origami Soundscapes/ The Crane brings music traditions from various parts of the world and combines them with other art forms. Review by Alice Baldock

British Royal and Japanese Imperial Relations, 1868-2018

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British Royal and Japanese Imperial Relations, 1868-2018

Edited by Peter Kornicki, Antony Best and Sir Hugh Cortazzi Complemented by a significant plate section, with many rarely seen historical photographs and illustrations, together with supporting chronologies, this book will become a benchmark reference on [...] Review by Ian Nish

Scored in Silence

Theatre & Stage

Scored in Silence

Directed and performed by Chisato Minamimura Scored in Silence was a mixture of performance, lecture, history lesson, and an experiment with new technology shedding light on the deaf experience of the Hiroshima bombing. Review by Alice Baldock

Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan

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Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan

By Philip Hu, Rhiannon Paget, Sebastian Dobson, Maki Kaneko, Sonja Hotwagner and Andreas Marks This publication showcases the Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection of Japanese military prints and related materials-one of the largest collections of such works in the world. This body of visual works [...] Review by Laurence Green

‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms

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‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms

By Abe Naoko At once both a cracking story and a serious work of scholarly ambition, Naoko Abe’s account of Ingram’s life succeeds through virtue of being more than simple biography. It is a love letter to the joys that life [...] Review by Laurence Green

The Citi Exhibition Manga マンガ

Events

The Citi Exhibition Manga マンガ

Manga is a visual narrative art form that has become a multimedia global phenomenon, telling stories with themes from gender to adventure, in real or imagined worlds. Review by Malene Wagner