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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10 Sep 19
Hamletine directed by Bart Price and 2021

Hamletine directed by Bart Price and 2021

Review by Alice Baldock

Though not for the faint-hearted, Hamletine is a piece that can provoke a huge array of emotional and intellectual responses, drawing on a refreshing mixture of pop culture and canon literature to create something both overpowering and meditative.

Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan by Grace E. Lavery

Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan by Grace E. Lavery

Review by Laurence Green

This account seeks to remind us of the excitement and promise Japan held for the Victorian populace in particular, when many of these notions were first introduced. Japan as the ‘Other Empire’ – the world’s first non-Western modernity.

Emily directed by Matsui Akira, Richard Emmert, Ashley Thorpe

Emily directed by Matsui Akira, Richard Emmert, Ashley Thorpe

Review by Alice Baldock

Not only is Emilyvisually and aurally beautiful, it also makes clear arguments for Noh’s relevance to the contemporary world.

Harunobu Triptych and Other Poems by Dorothy Britton

Harunobu Triptych and Other Poems by Dorothy Britton

Review by Gordon Daniels

Dorothy’s collection of poems illustrates her highly personal travels across three continents. In this volume her poems are accompanied by her own sketches; some of which were influenced by the works of famous ukiyo-e artists.

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