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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11 Mar 19
Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu by Andrew Thomson

Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu by Andrew Thomson

Review by Trevor Skingle

This book is a charming account of the author’s personal contemporary life in Japan and his explorations of Kyushu’s culture, cuisine, history and attractions.

19 Feb 19
An Interview with filmmaker and writer Kawamura Genki

An Interview with filmmaker and writer Kawamura Genki

Review by Morgane Chinal-Dargent

Kawamura Genki is a surprising character. At just 39, Kawamura already worked with several renowned filmmakers such as Hosoda Mamoru (The Boy and the Beast, 2016) or Shinkai Makoto (Your Name, 2016) as a producer and published novels such as If Cats Disappeared From The World, which is greatly acclaimed in Japan and newly available in the UK.

18 Feb 19
Switched - TV show

Switched – TV show

Review by Severah Noureen Akhtar

Based on the manga by acclaimed writer Kawabata Shiki, Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka, this 6-episode show is a twist on the once family friendly concept of body swapping, reviving it as a dark psychological drama contrasted against heart-warming friendships.

15 Feb 19
Flight Paths co-directed by Maria Oshodi & Kumiko Mendl

Flight Paths co-directed by Maria Oshodi & Kumiko Mendl

Review by Susan Meehan

Flight Paths brings together two pioneering theatre companies: Extant, the leading performing arts company and charity in the UK managed for and by visually impaired professional arts practitioners, and Yellow Earth Theatre formed by British East Asian (BEA) actors.

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