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The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a quartely 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.

Abroad in Japan

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Abroad in Japan

By Chris Board Abroad in Japan charts a decade of living in a foreign land and the chaos and culture clash that came with it. Review by Cameron Bassindale

Manga, Murder and Mystery - The Boy Detectives of Japan’s Lost Generation

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Manga, Murder and Mystery - The Boy Detectives of Japan’s Lost Generation

By Okabe Mimi An academic tome to its core, Manga, Murder and Mystery is nevertheless a thrillingly accessible read that will delight fans of its subject matter, as well as those coming to it through a passing interest in Japan in general, or detective fiction as a wider oeuvre. Review by Laurence Green

Issue 101 (August 2023, Volume 18, Number 1)

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Issue 101 (August 2023, Volume 18, Number 1)

The Japan Society Review is Back! After a hiatus of one year since our celebration of the 100th issue of the publication, The Japan Society Review returns full of energy and great content, featuring books on Japanese design, gardens and traditions, as well as literary fiction and contemporary music made in Japan.

The Country Where Turtles Cry: Climate and Poetry of Japan

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The Country Where Turtles Cry: Climate and Poetry of Japan

By Nakanishi Susumu In The Country Where Turtles Cry: Climate and Poetry of Japan, Nakanishi focuses on different aspects and forms of Japanese traditional poetry, from waka (the original word for Japanese poem) to tanka (short poems) and haiku, sharing insights about its history and cultural influence in Japan and beyond. Review by Renae Lucas-Hall

Dragon Palace

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Dragon Palace

By Kawakami Hiromi Dragon Palace is a collection of eight short stories, set in wildly different times and settings, by the celebrated author of Strange Weather in Tokyo. Review by Cameron Bassindale

Finger Bone

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Finger Bone

By Takahashi Hiroki Finger Bone is a war novel, but it is also a story of an individual man, and the lives of those that pass fleetingly around him in the worst of all possible circumstances. Review by Laurence Green

Yoshioka Nao at The Jazz Cafe

Theatre & Stage

Yoshioka Nao at The Jazz Cafe

Yoshioka Nao’s latest performance at The Jazz Cafe was active and embodied and coupled with her powerful vocals, brought the music to life and left a lasting impact on the audience. Review by Jasmin Lau

Longing and Other Stories

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Longing and Other Stories

By Tanizaki Junichiro In this book, Tanizaki Junichiro, one of the most distinguished Japanese writers of the twentieth century, shares three compelling tales that delve into the complexities of family life. Review by Laurence Green

Sankyu Japan: Twittering thanks to Japan

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Sankyu Japan: Twittering thanks to Japan

By Paul Madden In this highly inventive book, Paul Madden maximises his extensive and varied experiences in Japan to provide a unique and, for many, fascinating series of insights into Japanese scenery, history, life and culture. Review by Ra Mason

Umui: A Journey Across Okinawa

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Umui: A Journey Across Okinawa

By Everett Kennedy Brown This book takes readers on an immersive exploration of Okinawa, capturing the essence of its resilient spirit and unveiling the profound cultural significance of the term umui. Review by Renae Lucas-Hall