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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.

Clouds above the Hill

Books

Clouds above the Hill

By Shiba Ryōtarō This book, considered to be the author's most popular work, centres on the lives of two brothers, Akiyama Yoshifuru and Akiyama Saneyuki, and their friend, the poet [...] Review by Mark Headley

1Q84

Books

1Q84

By Haruki Murakami On her way to kill a man in a Shibuya hotel, Aomame is forced to take a shortcut from the bridge, climbing down a ladder. After the man is dead, Aomame begins to notice subtle differences [...] Review by Chris Corker

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

Books

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

By Frederik l. Schodt The author, who has written other books about popular Japanese culture, gives a colourful account of the life and travels of Richard Risley Carlisle, who [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

My Life as Li Xianglan

Books

My Life as Li Xianglan

By Yamaguchi Yoshiko The dramatic life the author describes in this memoir illustrates the fate of a beautiful and talented girl who grew up in Manchuria when Japan established a puppet state there in 1932. Review by Fumiko Halloran

Mental Health Care in Japan

Books

Mental Health Care in Japan

Edited by Ruth Taplin and Sandra J. Lawman This impressive multi-authored work comprehensively examines the current state of the mental health system in Japan. It furnishes an excellent overview of [...] Review by Sean Curtin

Eclair: Okashi Hourouki

Films & Series

Eclair: Okashi Hourouki

Directed by Akio Kondo The film is based on the autobiographical book written by Shigeru Nishimura in 1975, telling the story of an orphaned boy sent to [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

Kaidan Horror Classics [妖しき文豪怪談]

Events

Kaidan Horror Classics [妖しき文豪怪談]

By Shinya Tsukamoto; Sang-il Lee; Hirokazu Kore-eda. This year, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is showing (among others) three films of the ‘Kaidan Horror Classics.’ All three are based on [...] Review by Lucy Searles

Japan Society Review writer Mike Sullivan wins the prestigious JFTC Essay Competition 2012

Events

Japan Society Review writer Mike Sullivan wins the prestigious JFTC Essay Competition 2012

We are proud to announce that Japan Society Review writer Mike Sullivan has won the prestigious Japan Foreign Trade Council Essay Competition 2012 with his article “Strategies for a Depopulating Japan ” A British Model and a Japanese Legacy. By Mike Sullivan

SIRO-A

Theatre & Stage

SIRO-A

SIRO-A are a six member group originally from Sendai. Their unusual performance can only be described as an amazing blend of dance, music and technology, as the boundaries between [...] Review by Michael Sullivan

Maritime Strategy and National Security in Japan and Britain, From the First Alliance to Post -9/11

Books

Maritime Strategy and National Security in Japan and Britain, From the First Alliance to Post -9/11

Edited by Alessio Patalano This book arises from a conference held in London in 2009 organized by the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London and the Japanese Embassy. ‘This project represents [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi