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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.

Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido – Hiroshige/Eisen

Books

Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido – Hiroshige/Eisen

By Sebastian Izzard. George Braziller Publisher (New York), 2008, 159 pages, Introduction, map, select bibliography, 70 full-colour prints, ISBN978-0-8076-1593-5, US$80. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi.

Nihon no Rekishi wo Eigode Yomu [日本の歴史を英語で読む] (Reading Japanese History in English)

Books

Nihon no Rekishi wo Eigode Yomu [日本の歴史を英語で読む] (Reading Japanese History in English)

Akinori Endo [遠藤 昭則] and Henry Buckley. Besutoshinsho, 2009, 192 pages, ISBN: 978-4-12225-9, 740 yen. Review by Sean Curtin.

How I Caused the Credit Crunch: An Insider’s Story of the Financial Meltdown

Books

How I Caused the Credit Crunch: An Insider’s Story of the Financial Meltdown

By Tetsuya Ishikawa. Icon Books Ltd, 2009, ISBN 978-1848310674, £8.99. Review by Natasha Hamilton.

Japan in Late Victorian London: The Japanese Native Village in Knightsbridge and The Mikado, 1885

Books

Japan in Late Victorian London: The Japanese Native Village in Knightsbridge and The Mikado, 1885

By Sir Hugh Cortazzi. Sainsbury Institute, 2009, 100 pages including 16 plates, 12 illustrations, bibliography and index, ISBN: 0-9545921-1-5. Review by Sean Curtin.

Japan in Late Victorian London: The Japanese Native Village in Knightsbridge and The Mikado, 1885

Books

Japan in Late Victorian London: The Japanese Native Village in Knightsbridge and The Mikado, 1885

By Sir Hugh Cortazzi. Sainsbury Institute, 2009, 100 pages including 16 plates, 12 illustrations, bibliography and index, ISBN: 0-9545921-1-5. Review by Sean Curtin.

Teacher and Three Children (石内尋常高等小学校 花は散れども)

Films & Series

Teacher and Three Children (石内尋常高等小学校 花は散れども)

Directed by Shindo Kaneto (新藤兼人). 2008, 118 minutes. Review by Susan Meehan.

Your Friends (きみの友だち)

Films & Series

Your Friends (きみの友だち)

Directed by Hiroki Ryuichi (廣木隆一). 2008, 126 minutes. Review by Susan Meehan.

Nonko (ノン子36歳 – 家事手伝い)

Films & Series

Nonko (ノン子36歳 – 家事手伝い)

Directed by Kumakiri Kazuyoshi (熊切和嘉). 2008, 106 minutes. Review by Susan Meehan.

Nagasaki: The British Experience, 1854-1945

Books

Nagasaki: The British Experience, 1854-1945

By Brian Burke Gaffney. Global Oriental, 2009, 288 pages including index, bibliography, notes and 66 illustrations in colour and black and white, ISBN 978-1-906876-13-5. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi.

Japan Rising: The Iwakura Embassy to the USA and Europe

Books

Japan Rising: The Iwakura Embassy to the USA and Europe

Compiled by Kunitake Kume, eds. Chushichi Tsuzuki and R. Jules Young; with an introduction by Ian Nish. Cambridge University Press, 2009, 528 pages. Review by Roger Buckley.