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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.

Vessel

Theatre & Stage

Vessel

A collaboration between Damien Jalet and Nawa Kohei In a striking collaboration between the Olivier Award-winning Damien Jalet and Japanese experimental sculptor Kohei Nawa, Vessel blurs the lines between the human form and its environment. Review by Susan Meehan

The Bells of Old Tokyo: Travels in Japanese Time

Books

The Bells of Old Tokyo: Travels in Japanese Time

By Anna Sherman This book by Anna Sherman, her debut travelogue, is conveniently broken down into chapters and almost all of them focus on particular city locales. The details which follow are explained in such a way [...] Review by Trevor Skingle

A Robot in the Garden

Books

A Robot in the Garden

By Deborah Install In Install’s futuristic world, androids drive your car, wash your clothes, cook for you. Ben, however, refuses to have an android in the house, preferring for Amy to do most of the domestic chores. Amy is a [...] Review by Eluned Gramich

The Ghost of Namamugi

Books

The Ghost of Namamugi

By Robert S.G. Fletcher In 1862 a British merchant was killed by samurai, in uncertain circumstances, at Namamugi – a quiet village near Yokohama. One year later, a British fleet bombarded the port of Kagoshima to extract [...] Review by Trevor Skingle

Japan’s WWII Legacy: Interviews with Japanese Veterans

Books

Japan’s WWII Legacy: Interviews with Japanese Veterans

By Hiroko Sherwin Hiroko Sherwin’s book Japan’s WWII Legacy is a well-timed contribution to help the reader re-discover how WWII has shaped, and still shapes, the lives of many. Written from the perspective of Japanese [...] Review by Francesco Cioffo

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

Books

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

By John T. Carpenter, Melissa McCormick with Monika Bincsik, Kyoko Kinoshita It is customary to refer to the Tale of Genji as the world’s first psychological novel. The case can be argued, for over the course of its 54 chapters, the reader follows the lives, states of mind and [...] Review by Timon Screech

The Idiot

Theatre & Stage

The Idiot

Danced by Teshigawara Saburo and Sato Rihoko In the almost-darkness, there is a flicker of something beast-like, the sound of scurrying. A whisper of a tail, a tail too long to belong to anything other than something monstrous. Later, we discover it is a [...] Review by Alice Baldock

Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu

Books

Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu

By Andrew Thomson To the collection of published, and generally scholarly, books on Kyushu comes this welcome addition of Andrew Thomson’s non-academic 2018 memoir, Bridge to the Gods. Andrew, son of the Australian golfer [...] Review by Trevor Skingle

An Interview with filmmaker and writer Kawamura Genki

Events

An Interview with filmmaker and writer Kawamura Genki

Morgane Chinal-Dargent interviews Kawamura Genki, the talented writer behind If Cats Disappeared From The World and Japan’s leading producer behind Your Name on being a storyteller and seeking your own story. Interview by Morgane Chinal-Dargent

Switched – TV show

Films

Switched – TV show

Directed by Matsuyama Hiroaki If you haven’t already heard of Netflix’s latest obsession, Japanese drama Switched, you will probably not be prepared for the exhilarating, beautiful and horrifying ride you are about to embark, thanks to [...] Review by Severah Noureen Akhtar