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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.

After School

Films & Series

After School

Directed by Kenji Uchida After School starts off by introducing us to Kimura (Masato Sakai) and Miki (Takako Tokiwa), childhood sweethearts, and their good friend and neighbour, Jinno(Yo Oizumi), a former classmate and now a teacher at their alma mater. Review by Susan Meehan

Totetsu Mo Nai Nippon (Extraordinary Japan)

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Totetsu Mo Nai Nippon (Extraordinary Japan)

By Taro Aso Shincho Shinsho, June 2007, 190 pages. Price: ¥ 680. ISBN-13: 978 – 4106102172 Review by Fumiko Halloran

The Meiji Constitution: The Japanese Experience of the West and the Shaping of the Modern State

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The Meiji Constitution: The Japanese Experience of the West and the Shaping of the Modern State

By Takii Kazuhiro, translated by David Noble I-House Press, Tokyo, 2007, 196 pages (including index), hardcover £140.00, ISBN-13: 978-1435710009 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Kurosawa Akira vs. Hollywood

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Kurosawa Akira vs. Hollywood

By Hiroshi Tasogawa Bungei Shunju, 2006, 486 pages, hardback ¥ 2476, ISBN-13: 978-4163677903 Review by Fumiko Halloran

The Diary of Charles Holme’s 1889 Visit to Japan and North America

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The Diary of Charles Holme’s 1889 Visit to Japan and North America

The Diary of Charles Holme’s 1889 Visit to Japan and North America with Mrs Lasenby Liberty’s Japan: A Pictorial Record Edited by Toni Huberman, Sonia Ashmore, Yasuko Suga Global Oriental, 2008, 240 pages (including 8 plates and 50 photographs by Lasenby Liberty), hardback £65.00, ISBN-13: 978-1905246397 Review by Dr Jill Raggett

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

By Haruki Murakami Translation by Philip Gabriel, Harvill Secker 2008, 192 pages, hardback £9.99, paperback £7.99, ISBN-10: 1846552206 Review by Mikihiro Maeda

John Milne: the man who mapped the shaking earth

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John Milne: the man who mapped the shaking earth

By Paul Kabrna Craven and Pendle Geological Society, 2007, 120 pages, paperback £6.50, (Special offer price to Japan Society members, just £5.00 including p & p. E-mail paul_kabrna@msn.com), ISBN 978-0-9555289-0-3 Review by Paul Wignall

Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Natsu (Japan’s Longest Summer)

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Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Natsu (Japan’s Longest Summer)

Edited by Kazutoshi Hando Bunshun Shinsho, Bungei Shunju, October 2007, 181 pages, paperback ¥70, ISBN-13: 978-4166605941 Review by Fumiko Halloran

Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

By Melanie Trede and Lorenz Bichler Taschen, 2008, 294 pages, Japanese binding & bookcase £80.00, ISBN: 978-3-8228-4827-2 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Dogs and Demons: The Fall of Modern Japan

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Dogs and Demons: The Fall of Modern Japan

Edited by Alex Kerr Penguin Books, 2001, 432 pages, ISBN: 0141010002 Review by Hiroko Kawai (GLOCOM)