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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28 Mar 19
The Ghost of Namamugi by Robert S.G. Fletcher

The Ghost of Namamugi by Robert S.G. Fletcher

Review by Trevor Skingle

In 1862 a British merchant was killed by samurai, in uncertain circumstances, at Namamugi – a quiet village near Yokohama. One year later, a British fleet bombarded the port of Kagoshima to extract reparations, reducing much of this south-western city to ash.

Japan's WWII Legacy: Interviews with Japanese Veterans by Hiroko Sherwin

Japan’s WWII Legacy: Interviews with Japanese Veterans by Hiroko Sherwin

Review by Francesco Cioffo

Written from the perspective of Japanese veterans, this book is a well-timed contribution to re-discover how WWII still shapes, the lives of many.

26 Mar 19
The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

Review by Timon Screech

In recognition of the 1000th anniversary of the Tale of Genji the Metropolitan Museum has mounted a glorious exhibition and published this catalogue.

The Idiot danced by Teshigawara Saburo and Sato Rihoko

The Idiot danced by Teshigawara Saburo and Sato Rihoko

Review by Alice Baldock

Japanese choreographer Teshigawara Saburo brings his hypnotic dance reimagining of Dostoevsky’s novel The idiot.

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