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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.

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 & Series

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

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 & Series

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