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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.

‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms

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‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms

By Abe Naoko At once both a cracking story and a serious work of scholarly ambition, Naoko Abe’s account of Ingram’s life succeeds through virtue of being more than simple biography. It is a love letter to the joys that life [...] Review by Laurence Green

The Citi Exhibition Manga マンガ

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The Citi Exhibition Manga マンガ

Manga is a visual narrative art form that has become a multimedia global phenomenon, telling stories with themes from gender to adventure, in real or imagined worlds. Review by Malene Wagner

Oh, Tama!

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Oh, Tama!

By Kanai Mieko Oh, Tama! takes the reader deep into the haphazard lives of Natsuyuki, the protagonist, and his loosely connected circle of dysfunctional acquaintances and family. Review by Poppy Cosyns

Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868-1945

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Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868-1945

By Yasar Kerim In Electrified Voices, Kerim Yasar traces the origins of the modern soundscape, showing how the revolutionary nature of sound technology and the rise of a new auditory culture played an essential role in the [...] Review by Francesco Cioffo

The Little House

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The Little House

By Nakajima Kyoko The Little House is set in the early years of the Showa era (1926-89), when Japan’s situation is becoming increasingly tense but has not yet fully immersed in a wartime footing. Review by Robert Paul Weston

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

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The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

Edited by Jay Rubin A varied collection celebrating the great Japanese short story, from its modern origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable examples being written today. Review by Jill Dobson

Tokyo Ueno Station

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Tokyo Ueno Station

By Yu Miri Tokyo Ueno Station follows the ghost of one unfortunate young man, Kazu, whose fate is tragically linked to Ueno Park. Through dialogues with himself and the reader, the protagonist reveals the widening [...] Review by Morgane Chinal-Dargent

Picnic in the Storm

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Picnic in the Storm

By Motoya Yukiko This book is a collection of short stories examining the wide range of issues Japan faces in its continuing mission to remain amongst the world’s superpowers. Review by Beau Waycott

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

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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