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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.

Waga Jinsei No Utagatari – Showa No Aikan

Books

Waga Jinsei No Utagatari – Showa No Aikan

(Song Story in My Life – The Joys and Sorrows of Showa Era) By Hiroyuki Itsuki Kadokawa Shoten, 2007, 250 pages. Hardback ¥2,500. ISBN – 13: 978-4048839693 Review by Mikihiro Maeda

‘Pal Hanji, Tokyo Saiban Hihan to Zettai Heiwa-shugi’

Books

‘Pal Hanji, Tokyo Saiban Hihan to Zettai Heiwa-shugi’

(Judge Pal: His Criticism of the Tokyo Trial and His Absolute Pacifism) By Takeshi Nakajima Hakusui-sha, 2007, 308 pages. Hardback ¥1,890. ISBN-13: 978-4560031667 Review by Fumiko Halloran

The Japanese Way – Garden Designs

Books

The Japanese Way – Garden Designs

by Maureen Busby JGS Publishing (2008) Review by Colin Ellis

The Straw Sandal or The Scroll of the Hundred Crabs

Books

The Straw Sandal or The Scroll of the Hundred Crabs

By Santo Kyoden, translated by Carmen Blacker with an introduction by Peter Kornicki ISBN 978-1-905246-64-9, pages 166, Global Oriental, 2008, price £35 (but Japan Society members can order direct from the publishers at a discount) Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Under The Sun

Books

Under The Sun

By Justin Kerr-Smiley Reportage Press, 2007, 243 Pages, ISBN13: 9780955572937 (Hardback), £16.99 Review by Susan Meehan

Kamome Diner

Films & Series

Kamome Diner

(“Kamome Shokudo” in Japanese, “Ruokala Lokki” in Finnish) Directed by Naoko Ogigami, Released in 2006, 102 mins Review by Fumiko Halloran

Governing Japan, Divided Politics in a Resurgent Economy

Books

Governing Japan, Divided Politics in a Resurgent Economy

By J.A.A. Stockwin Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2008, 298 pages including index and tables, £19.99 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

The Last Concubine

Books

The Last Concubine

By Lesley Downer Bantam Press, 2008, 480 pages. Hardback £12.99. ISBN 13: 978 – 0593057537 Review by Anna Davis

Myth, Struggle and Protest in Okinawa

Books

Myth, Struggle and Protest in Okinawa

By Miyume Tanji Routledge, 2006, 234 pages including index, maps, glossary and abbreviations. Hardback. £85.00. ISBN13: 978 – 0415365000 Review by William Farr

One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each

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One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each

By Peter McMillan Columbia University Press, 2008, 194 pages. Hardback £23.50. ISBN 13: 978 – 02311143981 Review by Takahiro Miyao