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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.

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]

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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.

The Golden Age of JAPANESE OKIMONO, Dr A.M. Kanter’s Collection

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The Golden Age of JAPANESE OKIMONO, Dr A.M. Kanter’s Collection

By Laura Bordignon. Antique Collectors’ Club, pages 302. copiously illustrated with colour plates. ISBN 978-1-85149-609-9. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi.

The Gardens of Japan

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The Gardens of Japan

By Helena Attlee This is not a guide to Japanese gardens. Nor is it a history of Japanese gardens. It consists of photographs with brief descriptions of selected gardens. The photos are well and artistically taken, but [...] Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281

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The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281

By Stephen Turnbull Illustrated by Richard Hook, Osprey, 2010. 96 pages, copious illustration, ISBN978 1 84603 4565. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi.

Soul Dance: Selected Poems

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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.

Yasukuni, the War Dead and the Struggle for Japan’s Past

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Yasukuni, the War Dead and the Struggle for Japan’s Past

By John Breen (Ed). C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, 2007, 202 pages, ISBN-10:850659079. Review by Sean Curtin.

Japan and its worlds: Marius Jansen and the Internationalization of Japanese Studies

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Japan and its worlds: Marius Jansen and the Internationalization of Japanese Studies

Japan and its worlds: Marius Jansen and the Internationalization of Japanese Studies. Edited by Martin Collcut, Kato Mikio and Ronald P. Toby. I House Press, Tokyo, 2007, 299 pages including index, ISBN 978-4-903452-08-1. Review by Ian Nish.

Conflict and Change: Foreign Ownership and the Japanese Firm

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Conflict and Change: Foreign Ownership and the Japanese Firm

By George Olcott. Cambridge University Press, 2009, 279 pages including index, ISBN 978-0-521-87870-8. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi.

Japan’s Silk Road Diplomacy – Paving the Road Ahead

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Japan’s Silk Road Diplomacy – Paving the Road Ahead

Edited by Christopher Len, Tomohiko Uyama and Tetsuya Hirose Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, and The Silk Road Studies Program (Institute for Security and Development Policy), Washington/Stockholm, 2008, ISBN: 978-91-85937-46-2. Review by Sean Curtin.

A Doomed Man [運命の人]

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A Doomed Man [運命の人]

By Toyoko Yamazaki [山崎豊子] Bungei Shunju, April-June 2009, 4 volumes, each volume is 256 pages, 1524 yen each, volume 1: ISBN 978-4163281100; volume 2: ISBN: 978-4163281209; volume 3: ISBN: 978-4163281308; and volume 4: ISBN: 978-4163281407, Review by Fumiko Halloran.