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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.

Japanese Prints, Ukiyo-e in Edo, 1700-1900

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Japanese Prints, Ukiyo-e in Edo, 1700-1900

Ellis Tinios British Museum Press, 2010 143 pages including index numerous illustrations in colour ISBN 978-0-7141-2453-7, £14.99. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi The British Museum has an outstanding collection of Japanese prints (ukiyo-e). This book draws on the Museum’s extensive holdings and is an introduction to the Japanese prints in the Museum. In choosing the […]

Koizumi and Japanese Politics: Reform Strategies and Leadership Style, By Yu Uchiyama (内山 融)

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Koizumi and Japanese Politics: Reform Strategies and Leadership Style, By Yu Uchiyama (内山 融)

Translated by Carl Freire Routledge, 2010 214 pages, ISBN: 978-0-415-55688-0 (Hardback), £75.00 Review by Sean Curtin In this impressive study Yu Uchiyama meticulously dissects the highly successful and by Japanese standards long lived administration of Junichiro Koizumi (26 April 2001 – 26 September 2006). Since stepping down from office, no Japanese prime minister has lasted […]

Koizumi and Japanese Politics: Reform Strategies and Leadership Style, By Yu Uchiyama (内山 融)

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Koizumi and Japanese Politics: Reform Strategies and Leadership Style, By Yu Uchiyama (内山 融)

By Yu Uchiyama In this impressive study Yu Uchiyama meticulously dissects the highly successful and by Japanese standards long lived administration of Junichiro Koizumi (26 April 2001 – 26 September 2006). Since stepping down [...]

So Lovely A Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers, by Donald Keene

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So Lovely A Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers, by Donald Keene

So Lovely A Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers, by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press, 2010, 216 pages including index, ISBN 978-0-231-15146-7. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi.

The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono

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The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono

Dr A.M. Kanter’s Collection Laura Bordignon Antique Collectors’ Club pages 302 coplously illustrated with colour plates ISBN 978-1-85149-609-9 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi Laura Bordignon is an antique dealer who has developed a close interest in the arts and crafts of the Meiji era. Dr Kanter has collected many fine pieces of ivory carvings made […]

Shot by Both Sides, by Meisei Goto, translated by Tom Gill

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Shot by Both Sides, by Meisei Goto, translated by Tom Gill

Watching the river flowing under Ochanomizu Bridge, we read as Akaki (our narrator) muses on bridges mentioned in the stories of Kafu, and also that of Gogol, another of his favourite authors. He’s on the bridge waiting to meet a man called Yamakawa, we follow his thoughts on Gogol and that in his student days he had a khaki overcoat, where is it now?

The Year of No Money in Tokyo

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The Year of No Money in Tokyo

The Year of No Money in Tokyo, by Wayne Lionel Aponte, Watkins and McKay, 2009, 168 pages, ISBN 0982055005. Review by William Farr.

My Song Story in My Life – The Youth of the Showa Era

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My Song Story in My Life – The Youth of the Showa Era

My Song Story in My Life – The Youth of the Showa Era [わが人生の歌がたり 昭和の青春], by Hiroyuki Itsuki [五木寛之], Kadokawa Shoten, 2008, 206 pages, ISBN: 978-4-04-883994-5. Reviewed by Mikihiro Maeda.

Soul Dance: Selected Poems by ARAI Takako

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Soul Dance: Selected Poems by ARAI Takako

Soul Dance: Selected Poems, by Takako Arai, Translated by Jeffrey Angles, with Sawako Nakayasu and You Nakai, Mi’Te Press, 2008, 64 pages, ISBN: 978-4-9904416-0-9. Review by Adam House.

Still Walking [歩いても 歩いても]

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Still Walking [歩いても 歩いても]

Still Walking [歩いても 歩いても], directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda [是枝裕和], 2008, 114 minutes. Review by Susan Meehan.