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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.

In Conversation with Kazuo Ishiguro

Events

In Conversation with Kazuo Ishiguro

The Man Booker at Birkbeck, 7 November 2012 The evening’s talk was mainly about Never Let Me Go but touched other aspects of Ishiguro’s style of writing. Review by Susan Meehan

Otaku Spaces

Books

Otaku Spaces

By Patrick Galbraith Otaku Spaces is a book that attempts to dispel some misconceptions by allowing these people who are considered to have otaku interests, to discuss their hobbies and the rationale behind them. Review by Lucy Searles

Vessels of Influence: China and the Birth of Porcelain in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

Books

Vessels of Influence: China and the Birth of Porcelain in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

By Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere The book is a scholarly study based on Professor Rousmaniere’s experiences in Japan working with Japanese scholars of ceramics. It will be a valuable source for all interested in Japanese ceramics. Review Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Bonsái

Films & Series

Bonsái

Directed by Cristian Jimenez Bonsái is a youthful and whimsical film inspired by literature – Proust looms large; though not a Japanese film, the title, of course, is. It won the Films in Progress 19 Award in Toulouse in 2011. Review by Susan Meehan

Milligan and the Samurai Rebels

Books

Milligan and the Samurai Rebels

By Simon Alexander Collier What would have happened if the serious British diplomat, Ernest Satow, had gone to Japan with a rather less studious colleague, whose main interests were women and wine? The answer is [...] Review by Sir Graham Fry

Pray for Japan

Films & Series

Pray for Japan

Directed by Stu Levy The Japan Society organised a special charity screening for the European premiere of Stu Levy’s documentary film, Pray for Japan, at the British Academy for Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on 14 March 2012 […] Review by Susan Meehan

Mitsuko Delivers

Films & Series

Mitsuko Delivers

Directed by Yuya Ishii Mitsuko Delivers: the title made me think of the very funny film by the same director with a similar title, Sawako Decides and it did dispense the same style good humour and feel good factor. The screening at the ICA […] Review by Susan Meehan

Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III

Books

Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III

Exhibition at Somerset House. On the first day of spring 2012 a new exhibition opened up at Somerset House, although it is easy to get side tracked by Somerset House’s terrace which is always popular on warm spring days and by the spectacular sight […] Review by Michael Sullivan

Emerging Trends in Japan-Africa Relations

Books

Emerging Trends in Japan-Africa Relations

Talk by Professor Jun Morikawa. Professor Jun Morikawa, author of Japan and Africa: Big Business and Diplomacy (1997), spoke to the Japan Discussion Group at Chatham House on Japan-Africa relations. His basic thesis appeared to be that Japan’s Ministry of […] Review by Jason James

The Devotion of Suspect X

Books

The Devotion of Suspect X

By Keigo Higashino. Keigo Higashino was born in Osaka in 1958. In 2006 he won the 134th Naoki Prize and the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize for his novel, The Devotion of Suspect X, which had been published the previous year. [...] Review by Michael Sullivan