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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.

07 Aug 18
Return from Siberia. A Japanese Life in War and Peace, 1925-2015

Return from Siberia. A Japanese Life in War and Peace, 1925-2015

Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

This book explores how one quite ordinary Japanese coped in war and peace and adapted to a changing Japan.

04 Sep 17
A. B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State: Letters Home by Robert Morton

A. B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State: Letters Home by Robert Morton

Review by Sir David Warren

Robert Morton’s excellent and readable biography gives a sympathetic portrait of A.B. Mitford, one of the earliest British diplomats in Japan.

10 Aug 17
Consul in Japan, 1903-1941. Oswald White’s Memoir ‘All Ambition Spent’

Consul in Japan, 1903-1941. Oswald White’s Memoir ‘All Ambition Spent’

Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

This book contains much of interest to the historian and to anyone concerned with the international relations of Japan in the first half of the twentieth century.

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