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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.

The Edo Inheritance

Books

The Edo Inheritance

By Tokugawa Tsunenari, translated by Tokugawa Iehiro International House of Japan, Tokyo, 2009, 200 pages including index and 30 pages of black and white engravings of famous places of Edo, ISBN978-4-903452-14-2 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Contending With Nationalism and Communism: British policy towards Southeast Asia, 1945-65

Books

Contending With Nationalism and Communism: British policy towards Southeast Asia, 1945-65

By Peter Lowe In series Global Conflict and Security since 1945, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 312 pages including notes, bibliography and index, ISBN 978-0-230-52123-0 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

The Japan-British Society Centenary Book

Books

The Japan-British Society Centenary Book

Published by the Japan-British Society, Tokyo, March 2009 (anyone interested in obtaining a copy of this book should contact the Japan British Society in Tokyo: http://www.japanbritishsociety.or.jp/) Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Okuribito

Films

Okuribito

Directed by Yōjirō Takita Okuribito (Departures), winner of the 2009 Oscar for “Best Foreign Language Film,” opens with a mesmerising winter scene in the photogenic Shōnai area of Yamagata Prefecture and doesn’t fail to continue impressing, amusing and tugging at the heart strings. Review by Susan Meehan

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Films

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Jonathan Man, Performed at the Southwark Playhouse, 19 February 2009 Review by Susan Meehan

Japanese for Everyone: A Functional Approach to Daily Communication

Books

Japanese for Everyone: A Functional Approach to Daily Communication

By Susumu Nagara Japan Publications Trading Company, 2008, 383 pages Paperback £22.99. ISBN-13: 978-4889962345 Review by Roberta Ignirri

The Business, Life and Letters of Frederick Cornes

Books

The Business, Life and Letters of Frederick Cornes

The Business, Life and Letters of Frederick Cornes: Aspects of the Evolution of Commerce in Modern Japan,1861-1910 By Peter N. Davies Global Oriental, 2008, 514 pages including index and appendices, plus a CD of the letters, Hardback £75. ISBN 978-1-905246. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains with the Tokyo Riot Police

Books

Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains with the Tokyo Riot Police

By Robert Twigger Phoenix Publications, 1999, 320 pages. Hardback £7.99. ISBN: 9780753808580 Review by William Farr

Cape No. 7

Films

Cape No. 7

Directed by Wei Te-Sheng The story features Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule, Japan’s surrender in World War II in 1945, a Japanese school teacher’s love for a Taiwanese girl, and his departure from Taiwan. Review by Fumiko Halloran

Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers

Films

Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers

Directed by Satoshi Miki Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers is an off-beat, urbane comic gem, about loneliness, normality, friendship, and spies, with a magnificent, low-key performance by Juri Ueno, which makes that all somehow work wonderfully. Review by Simon Cotterill