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.
BooksEscape from Impasse: The Decision to Open Japan
By Mitani Hiroshi, translated by David Noble I-House Press, 2006, 356 pages including notes and index, ISBN 978-4-903452-06-7, 3000 Yen Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi
Kokuryoku Kaigi (Conference on National Power: Group Discussion with Kaoru Yosano, Takeo Hiranuma, Taro Aso & Shigeru Ishiba) By Kazuyuki Hamada Shodensha, May 2008, 240 pages. Hardback ¥1600. ISBN-13: 978-4396613075 Reviews by Fumiko Halloran
BooksNew Zen: the tea-ceremony room in modern Japanese architecture
By Michael Freeman Eightbooks Ltd, 2007, 240 pages. Hardback, £35.00. ISBN 13: 978-0-9554322-0-0 Review by Suzanne Perrin
BooksOrigami for Children: 35 Easy-To-Follow Step-By-Step Projects
By Mari Ono and Roshin Ono Cico books , 2008, 128 pages. Hardback, £14.99. ISBN 13: 978-1906094386 Review by Anna Davis
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa As a result of company streamlining and outsourcing to China, Ryuhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) loses his well-paid job. Pride prevents him from confiding in his wife or two sons, so Ryuhei carries on the pretence of commuting to work. Review by Susan Meehan
FilmsFine, Totally Fine
Directed by Yosuke Fujita “Fine, Totally, Fine” is a brilliantly subtle comedy which centres upon a quirky bunch of eccentric characters, the likes of which many UK viewers won’t have seen in a Japanese film before. Reviews by Simon Cotterill and Susan Meehan
Directed by Kenji Uchida After School starts off by introducing us to Kimura (Masato Sakai) and Miki (Takako Tokiwa), childhood sweethearts, and their good friend and neighbour, Jinno(Yo Oizumi), a former classmate and now a teacher at their alma mater. Review by Susan Meehan