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11 Sep 17
Japanese Taiko performed by Joji Hirota & The London Taiko Drummers

Japanese Taiko performed by Joji Hirota & The London Taiko Drummers

Review by Laurence Green

This CD serves as an excellent introduction to the taiko drumming, but also a reminder of the richness of sound that can come from the instrument.

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
In This Corner of the World directed by Katabuchi Sunao

In This Corner of the World directed by Katabuchi Sunao

Review by Poppy Cosyns

In This Corner of the World follows the life of Suzu, a young woman more focused on her sketchbook than the spectre of war that looms over her city.

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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