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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.

Yone Noguchi: the stream of fate

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Yone Noguchi: the stream of fate

By Edward Marx Edward Marx has clearly done extensive research and has presented the most well-documented account of Yone Noguchi’s life so far. Review by Peter Kornicki

Life for Sale

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Life for Sale

By Mishima Yukio A welcome addition to the English language translations of Yukio Mishima’s work in the lead-up to the fiftieth anniversary of his death, it is an exuberant if patchily saucy read and reveals a different angle to [...] Review by Susan Meehan

My Year of Meats

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My Year of Meats

By Ruth Ozeki My Year of Meats is essentially a story of the human life and the human body. It asks us to question what it means to be a woman, what we put in our bodies and how our offspring will value themselves in a world [...] Review by Azmina Sohail

Hamletine

Theatre & Stage

Hamletine

Directed by Bart Price and 2021 Though not for the faint-hearted, Hamletine is a piece that can provoke a huge array of emotional and intellectual responses, drawing on a refreshing mixture of pop culture and canon literature to create [...] Review by Alice Baldock

Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan

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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