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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.

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

Books

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

Books

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

Books

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

Origami and Kirigami for the Home

Books

Origami and Kirigami for the Home

By Wei You A colourful guide to creating decorative pieces for the home, parties and events alongside ideas for presents, cards and gift wrapping. Review by Tung Ken Lam

Origami From Surface To Form

Books

Origami From Surface To Form

By Tung Ken Lam In this dense little pocket book, leading paper folder Tung Ken Lam tells the story of origami, from its historic origins to its use in mathematics, medicine and the kitchen. Review by Robin Macey

Iro. The essence of Colour in Japanese Design

Books

Iro. The essence of Colour in Japanese Design

By Rossella Menegazzo A complex jigsaw of Japanese culture, colour and design, this book explores Japanese design as seen through the lens of traditional colour spectrum. Review by David Tonge

Issue 100 (August 2022, Volume 17, Number 4)

Issues (PDF)

Issue 100 (August 2022, Volume 17, Number 4)

Celebrate the 100th issue of the Japan Society Review in this special publication with contributions from former editors, dedicated reviewers and trustees.

Inside Your Japanese Garden: A Guide to Creating a Unique Japanese Garden for your Home

Books

Inside Your Japanese Garden: A Guide to Creating a Unique Japanese Garden for your Home

By Sadao Yasumoro and Joseph Cali I was introduced to Sadao Yasumoro in Tokyo a few months ago, when he gave me this book. On that day, he was directing work at the site of a new garden project in Naka-Meguro, before taking a group of us to visit some of his completed garden projects (two of which are featured in this book). Review by Katie Croft

Issue 99 (June 2022, Volume 17, Number 3)

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Issue 99 (June 2022, Volume 17, Number 3)

The June issue of The Japan Society Review reaches you more eclectic than ever, featuring reviews of books on Japanese design and mythology, literary fiction, and contemporary dance.