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The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis, both online and printed (members are entitled to receive a copy by post). Since the starting of the publication in 2006, each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions, tv series and exhibitions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

The Japan Society Review is possible thanks to the work of volunteers who dedicated their time and expertise to help us to promote the learning and understanding of Japanese culture and society.

Taiko Do – Echo Of The Soul

Theatre & Stage

Taiko Do – Echo Of The Soul

By KyoShinDo Take a group of Italian percussionists, who just so happen to be karate experts too, and see what kind of musical concoction they can cook up. As Hirota Joji, who has been teaching the group for over ten years puts it, it’s ‘taiko with a martial arts touch’. Review by Laurence Green

Tipping Point: Our World in Crisis

Theatre & Stage

Tipping Point: Our World in Crisis

By Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre Café Reason is the only UK butoh group outside of London. Their latest piece, Tipping Point, uses a dash of butoh ‘characteristics’ alongside many other interesting ways of moving. Review by Alice Baldock

Music Kyogen Scrooge

Theatre & Stage

Music Kyogen Scrooge

With Kyogen masters Juro Zenchiku and Daijiro Zenchiku Music Kyogen Scrooge is an innovative theatrical production that combines Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Japanese traditional comedy play Kyogen, and contemporary music. Review by Alice Baldock

Hamletine

Theatre & Stage

Hamletine

Directed by Bart Price and 2021 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 [...] Review by Alice Baldock

Emily

Theatre & Stage

Emily

Directed by Matsui Akira, Richard Emmert, Ashley Thorpe Not only is Emily visually and aurally beautiful, it also makes clear arguments for Noh’s relevance to the contemporary world. Review by Alice Baldock

Origami Soundscapes / The Crane

Theatre & Stage

Origami Soundscapes / The Crane

Music and Libretto by Verity Lane Origami Soundscapes/ The Crane brings music traditions from various parts of the world and combines them with other art forms. Review by Alice Baldock

Scored in Silence

Theatre & Stage

Scored in Silence

Directed and performed by Chisato Minamimura Scored in Silence was a mixture of performance, lecture, history lesson, and an experiment with new technology shedding light on the deaf experience of the Hiroshima bombing. Review by Alice Baldock

Vessel

Theatre & Stage

Vessel

A collaboration between Damien Jalet and Nawa Kohei In a striking collaboration between the Olivier Award-winning Damien Jalet and Japanese experimental sculptor Kohei Nawa, Vessel blurs the lines between the human form and its environment. Review by Susan Meehan

The Idiot

Theatre & Stage

The Idiot

Danced by Teshigawara Saburo and Sato Rihoko In the almost-darkness, there is a flicker of something beast-like, the sound of scurrying. A whisper of a tail, a tail too long to belong to anything other than something monstrous. Later, we discover it is a [...] Review by Alice Baldock

Flight Paths

Theatre & Stage

Flight Paths

Co-directed by Maria Oshodi & Kumiko Mendl, written by Glen Neath Flight Paths brings together two pioneering theatre companies, Extant and Yellow Earth Theatre. Amelia and Sarah step onto the set, a flight departure lounge. Have they arrived from Japan? They seem to [...] Review by Susan Meehan