The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis. Each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

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17 Jul 19
‘Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms by Abe Naoko

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

Review by Laurence Green

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 can unveil when you find a passion and make it your own.

02 Jul 19
The Citi Exhibition Manga マンガ

The Citi Exhibition Manga マンガ

Review by Malene Wagner

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.

01 Jul 19
Oh, Tama! by Kanai Mieko

Oh, Tama! by Kanai Mieko

Review by Poppy Cosyns

Oh, Tama! takes the reader deep into the haphazard lives of Natsuyuki, the protagonist, and his loosely connected circle of dysfunctional acquaintances and family.

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

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

Review by Francesco Cioffo

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 formation of Japanese modernity.

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