The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
History in the making
This 350-page publication masterfully examines the process by which Japan developed from a feudal society into a national state.
True to Form
David Peace's recent book, Red or Dead, is about Bill Shankly, the late manager of Liverpool Football Club.
The Man Behind the Curtain
This biography of Laurence Olivier looks closely at the star's personal life and the demons that drove him.
The Road to Recovery; Three-Dimensional Reading
What's in a Surname? by David McKie; Prince Charles's Strategy for Global Environment by Naotaka Kimizuka (in Japanese)
Life on the Spectrum
Naoki Higashida’s moving and inspiring book about his own experience with autism, written when he was just 13 years old.
Reminiscing a Nation
Sometimes a particular book speaks to you in a personal way. So it is for me with this, the third volume of historian David Kynaston’s Tales of a New Jerusalem.
Sexy Little Numbers; The Tomb in the Kyoto Hills
The Way We Were
The British writer Alan Bennett once remarked that history is “just one damned thing after another”. And so it might seem.
Adolescence without End; Shutting out the Sun
At Home Abroad; Tohoku Comfort Food
One of the many great pleasures of reading the weekend edition of the Financial Times (FT) is the entertainment value. Although we more frequently turn to the pink broadsheet for authoritative analysis and information, it is reassuring to know that its editors also see value in more light-hearted fare.
Strong in the Rain
After the Great East Japan Earthquake
Made in Japan
January is traditionally a time for making new year resolutions and for setting or reviewing goals, whether personal or professional. So it is timely that this month’s books promise to help you thrive and prosper. However, they couldn’t be more different.
All the Emperor's Men: Kurisawa's Pearl Harbor
The Garden of Evening Mists and Milligan and the Samurai Rebels
Searching for My Sons
The last time the Scottish author saw his two sons was in 2003—when Satomi was six and Makoto was just four. His latest book tells of the minutes leading up to the realisation that his Japanese wife, Tomoko, had abducted them and fled their home in rural Fife for a suburb of Osaka.
The British and Irish Short Story Handbook and The Light Between Oceans
Products such as the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad have changed the way many people enjoy the reading experience.
You've GOT to Read This Book! and Hedge Fund Activism in Japan
This month: Blossoms and Shadows, and Source: The Inner Path of Knowledge Creation
Fashion and consumption feature in our book reviews this month.
This month: Mori Building: The Making of Vertical Garden Cities and March Was Made of Yarn: Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown.
Ian de Stains reviews Nicholas Comfort's "Surrender: How British Industry Gave Up the Ghost 1952-2012" and Tony Banks' "My War and After"
This month: Viewed Sideways and Toshioita neko tono kurashikata
Beyond the Kama Sutra
Nippon Shunga Hyakka - Volumes 1 and 2
(Encyclopedia of Japanese Erotic Art: Shunga)
There is nothing inherently amusing about the idea of battle. Indeed, the very thought of writing a book that seeks to find humour in the fact that men go to war and kill and wound each other is, on the face of it, extremely distasteful.
This month: Case Studies in Japanese Management, Dealing with Disaster in Japan – Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash, and Japanese Fashion Designers – The Work and Influence of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo