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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.

Issue 77 (October 2018, Volume 13, Number 5)

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Issue 77 (October 2018, Volume 13, Number 5)

In this issue, the Review concentrates on Japanese literature, cinema and food aiming to also cover the wide-ranging interests of our readers.

Issue 76 (August 2018, Volume 13, Number 4)

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Issue 76 (August 2018, Volume 13, Number 4)

This issue of The Japan Society Review is dedicated to the memory of Sir Hugh Cortazzi, former British Ambassador to Japan (1980-1984) and Chairman of the Japan Society (1985-1995), who died on Tuesday 14 August 2018, at the age of 94. Sir Hugh was the most distinguished Japanese specialist of his generation in the Foreign Office, and his association with the Society began long before he became Chairman.

Issue 75 (June 2018, Volume 13, Number 3)

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Issue 75 (June 2018, Volume 13, Number 3)

In the June issue of The Japan Society Review we would like to offer you five extra choices for your summer reading, a selection of books dealing with different topics and formats, from robotics to gardens, from fiction to historical essays.

Issue 74 (April 2018, Volume 13, Number 2)

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Issue 74 (April 2018, Volume 13, Number 2)

The April issue of The Japan Society Review opens with a book examining the origins and deeper meanings of Japanese gardens as an art-form.

Issue 73 (February 2018, Volume 13, Number 1)

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Issue 73 (February 2018, Volume 13, Number 1)

In this issue, we include reviews of two academic books, an anthology of short stories by writers based in Kyoto, a book which received the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Award and a Japanese film from The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018.

Issue 72 (December 2017, Volume 12, Number 6)

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Issue 72 (December 2017, Volume 12, Number 6)

The December issue of The Japan Society Review closes a wonderful year of publications, films, performances and events which have brought Japanese culture, arts and history to a UK audience. This issue is especially dedicated to our reviewers, with our most sincere gratitude.

Issue 71 (October 2017, Volume 12, Number 5)

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Issue 71 (October 2017, Volume 12, Number 5)

In this issue, The Japan Society Review focuses on four non-fiction publications which explore from different perspectives a series of key events and persons in Japanese history, politics and art.

Issue 70 (August 2017, Volume 12, Number 4)

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Issue 70 (August 2017, Volume 12, Number 4)

The August issue of The Japan Society Review opens with reviews of two books, both dealing with the modern history of Japan from a political-diplomatic perspective. This issue’s historical approach also extends to literary fiction.

Issue 69 (June 2017, Volume 12, Number 3)

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Issue 69 (June 2017, Volume 12, Number 3)

Looking at the titles of Japanese books recently released in the UK, it is evident that the landscape of Japanese literature translated into English is becoming more and more rich and diverse. The June issue of The Japan Society Review illustrates this trend by reviewing two different collections of short stories.

Issue 68 (April 2017, Volume 12, Number 2)

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Issue 68 (April 2017, Volume 12, Number 2)

Jim E Hoare reviews the book Carmen Blacker - Scholar of Japanese Religion, Myth and Folklore: Writings and Reflections. Like the pioneer work of Carmen Blacker, the books and films reviewed in this issue continue to examine a wide-range of topics in Japanese culture and history.