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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.

剣禅書 Ken Zen Sho, The Zen Calligraphy and painting of Yamaoka Tesshū

Books

剣禅書 Ken Zen Sho, The Zen Calligraphy and painting of Yamaoka Tesshū

Ed.Alex Bennett and Sarah Moate Published by Bunkasha International Corporation, Tokyo, 2008, ISBN4-9901694-8-4 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Japan Through Writers’ Eyes

Books

Japan Through Writers’ Eyes

Edited by Elizabeth Ingrams Eland Publishing Ltd., 2009, 336 pages, ISBN: 978-190601108-6 (Paperback) £12.99 Review by Susan Meehan

Glory in a Line, a Life of Foujita, The Artist Caught Between East and West

Books

Glory in a Line, a Life of Foujita, The Artist Caught Between East and West

By Phyllis Birnbaum Faber and Faber, 2006, 331 pages including index and endnotes , ISBN-13: 978-0-571-21179-1 (hard cover) Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Origami Rings and Wreaths – A Kaleidoscope of 28 Decorative Origami Creations

Books

Origami Rings and Wreaths – A Kaleidoscope of 28 Decorative Origami Creations

By Tomoko Fuse Kodansha International, 2007, 94 pages, ISBN: 4889962239 Review by Jayne Kerry

A Japanese Touch for your Garden

Books

A Japanese Touch for your Garden

By Kiyoshi Seike, Masanobu Kudo,and David H. Engel, photography by Sadao Hibi First published 1980, revised and expanded 2008, Kodansha International, 94 pages with copious illustrations in colour, ISBN 978-4-7700-3079-5 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Kirschblueten-Hanami (Cherry Blossoms: Hanami)

Films

Kirschblueten-Hanami (Cherry Blossoms: Hanami)

Directed and written by Doris Doerrie, 2008, 127 minutes Review by Susan Meehan

Autumn Colours of Kyoto : A Seasonal Portfolio

Books

Autumn Colours of Kyoto : A Seasonal Portfolio

By Hidehiko Mizuno, Kayu Mizuno and Yasutaka Ogawa, Kodansha International, 2009, 104 pages, ISBN: 9784770030931 Review by Helen McCarthy

Ko Gakureki Wakingu Puua (高学歴ワーキングプア) [Highly Educated Working Poor]

Books

Ko Gakureki Wakingu Puua (高学歴ワーキングプア) [Highly Educated Working Poor]

By Shodo Mizuki, Kobunsha Shinsho, 2007, 217 pages, ISBN-10: 4334034233 (700 yen) Review by Fumiko Halloran

“Saraba Zaimusho!” さらば財務省 (Farewell, Ministry of Finance!)

Books

“Saraba Zaimusho!” さらば財務省 (Farewell, Ministry of Finance!)

By Yoichi Takahashi Kodansha, March 2008 (11th printing in August 2008), 282 pages, 1700 yen Review by by Fumiko Halloran

The Book of Sake: A Connoisseur’s Guide

Books

The Book of Sake: A Connoisseur’s Guide

By Philip Harper Kodansha, 2006, 96 pages including glossary, photographs, ISBN: 9784770029980 Review by William Farr