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Book of Interest 2017
August 2017


Kyoshitsu no Eibungaku
(Approaches to Teaching English Literature),
by Nihon Eibungakkai (Kanto Shibu),
Kenkyusha, JPY2,600 (excl. tax)

教室の英文学
In this book, members of the Kanto Branch of The English Literary Society of Japan discuss approaches to teaching English Literature in Japanese.


Kanaya Cottage Inn Monogatari
by Hiroyuki Saruhashi,
Bungeishunju Kikaku Shuppanbu,
JPY1,500 (excl. tax)

金谷カテッジイン物語
In 1873, only five years after the Meiji Restoration, Zenichiro Kanaya opened Kanaya Cottage Inn, which was specifically designated to accommodate foreign guests.
This book introduces some of its early guests and discusses tourism to Nikko during the Meiji Era.



May 2017


British Architectural Interior Design
JPY1,200 (excl. tax)

The Business Associates of British Interior Design (BABID) was established in November 2016 to promote British interior design in Japan.
BABID has published a magazine (both in English and Japanese) called “British Architectural Interior Design” and is offering JBS members a copy free of charge. Please see May notice for details.



December 2016


Sherlock Holmes wo aruku
(Visiting places connected with Sherlock Homes)
by Akane Higashiyama
Seidosha JPY1,800 (excl. tax)

シャーロックホームズを歩く
The author established the Japan Sherlock Holmes Club together with her late husband in 1977.
This book describes various places connected with Sherlock Holmes, and an interesting tour to Switzerland organised by the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and participated in by Holmes lovers from all over the world.
The Japan Sherlock Holmes Club was one the recipients of a 2016 JBS Award, which Akane Higashiyama accepted on behalf of the Club at this year’s annual dinner.



November 2016


Gardening to Igirisujin (Gardening and British People)
by Misao Iida
Taishukan Shoten JPY3,300 (excl. tax)

ガーデニングとイギリス人
The author discusses the history and social background of gardening in the UK from the 16th century to the present day.



October 2016



TWAIKU eiryu (Taishi no Kushu)
by Ambassador Tim Hitchens
Translated by Yumiyo Yamamoto and Natsuko Nito
Shuppan Kyodosha JPY2,700 (incl. tax)

大使の句集
Ambassador Tim Hitchens has been posting haiku (Japanese seventeen-syllable poems) on Twitter since 2012, naming them TWAIKU (Twitter/Haiku). These have now been compiled together with Japanese translations and illustrations in a beautiful book.

To order a copy, please contact the publisher, Shuppan Kyodosha.
http://www.ships-net.co.jp/kyodoj.html



Zusetsu Eikoku National Trust
Utsukushii Igirisu wo Nokoshita Hitobito
by Mari Ono
Kawade Shobo JPY1,800 (excl. tax)

ナショナルトラスト
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, the author of the famous Peter Rabbit series and also a great contributor to the National Trust, this book introduces the work done by the National Trust to preserve historic monuments and areas of scenic beauty in the UK.



August 2016



I Love Peter Rabbit
Eigo de Tanoshimu Peter Rabbit to Nakamatachi no Sekai
Original text by Beatrix Potter
Translation and notes by Tomoko Kitani
The Japan Times JPY2,000 (excl. tax)

I LOVE ピーターラビット
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, this book introduces three popular stories (The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies) with Japanese translations.
Readers can also download narrations of the stories in MP3 format free of charge.


(c)Frederick Warne & Co., 2016



Igirisu no Katei Ryori
by Tamao Sako
Sekai Bunka sha JPY1,600 (excl. tax)

イギリスの家庭料理
This is the first British home cooking recipe book by Sako Tamao, an Osaka-based cooking instructor specialising in British puddings.
This book won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2016 (World Cuisine/Foreign International).



Igirisu no Kashi Monogatari
by Tamao Sako
Mynavi JPY1,520 (excl. tax)

イギリスの菓子物語
The author is a well-known cooking instructor specialising in British puddings. In 2014, she gave classes in Scottish cuisine on NHK’s popular TV drama Massan.
This book contains recipes for 57 British puddings, along with related information.



June 2016



Magazine RSVP Vol.18

The latest issue of this popular magazine on UK issues focuses on Britain in Japan. Various UK related tea rooms, shops, bakeries, hotels etc. are featured.
It is available at major book shops. www.rsvp.co.jp

Present:
A draw will be made for 5 copies of the magazine. To apply, please give your name and phone number to the JBS Secretariat by post by 1st June.



April 2016



The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History
By Boris Johnson
Translated by Masahiko Ishizuka and Ginko Kobayashi
President Inc. JPY2,300 (excl. tax)

チャーチルファクター
Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century, Sir Winston Churchill. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion - a man of contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity. The Japanese translation is now available at major book shops and internet.



December 2015



Thatcher to Nissan Eikoku Kojo 1973-1986
Hitoshi Suzuki Yoshida Publishing
JPY2,200(tax excl.)

サッチャーと英国日産工場誘致交渉の歴史
Why did Mrs Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of the UK encourage Nissan to build a car plant in the UK?
This book provides a detailed analysis of the process whereby Japan and the UK agreed this project, and of the relations between the two countries at that time.



Shiawase wo Hikiyoseru Cathrine-hi Kikonashi Rule
Mizuho Nishiguchi  Gentosha Literary Publication JPY1,200(tax excl.)

キャサリン妃着こなしルール
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge does not entrust everything she wears on a stylist. She likes to choose her own outfits. The clothes she wears always attract attention, and they are sold out quickly.
Why does everyone love her fashion? The secret is in this book.



November 2015



Penny Black Monogatari
By Yosuke Naito Nihon Yushu Shuppan
JPY2,350 (excl. tax)

ペニーブラック物語
This year is the 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black - British Stamp. In this book, the author explains which Penny Black designs are valuable, and introduces various UK postmarks and the history of British stamps.



October 2015



Alexander William Williamson den
(A Biography of Alexander William Williamson)
By Takaaki Inuzuka
Kaicho-sha JPY2,800 (excl. tax)

ウィリアムウィリアムソン伝
The Choshu Five and the Satsuma students who all later made an enormous contribution to the modernisation of Japan smuggled themselves to London where they studied under the guidance of the English chemist, Professor Williamson.
This book is a biography of Professor Williamson who supported the ambitious young Japanese students.




Eikoku Oushitsu-ryu Kyoiku no Gokui
The Innermost Secrets of British Royal Education
By Mari Ono
Kawade Shobo Shinsha JPY1,500 (excl. tax)

英国王室流教育の極意
Mrs. Ono, who raised her children in the UK, introduces the British education system and relates the history of the education of the Royal Family, from Queen Elizabeth II to Prince George.



August 2015



Monogatari Igirisu no Rekishi (two volumes)
By Naotaka Kimizuka
Chuko Shinsho Vol.1 JPY800 Vol.2 JPY820 (excl. tax)

物語 イギリスの歴史
Professor Naotaka Kimizuka (Kanto Gakuin University. and a JBS Member) covers more than a thousand years of British history in two volumes. He has, in particular, investigated the long and special relationship between “the crown and parliament”, from ancient Britannia to the age of Queen Elizabeth I in the first volume, and from the Civil War in the Stuart Age to the present, the age of Queen Elizabeth II, in his second volume. These books are a handy introduction for those in Japan interested in British history and British politics




Eikoku Jutaku ni Miserarete
By Koichi Obi
RSVP Butlers / Maruzen Shuppan JPY1,800 (excl. tax)

英国住宅に魅せられて
Mr. Koichi Obi (a JBS Member) set up his company, “Cotsworld”, in 1998 as he was fascinated by the beauty of the houses in the Cotswolds in England. This book introduces various types of English houses and manor houses. The many illustrations include Highclere Castle, famous as the location of the “Downton Abbey” drama series.



July 2015


Taieiguukan By Takaaki Kato
Annotated by Sochi Naraoka
Chuko Bunko JPY900 (excl. tax)

渡英偶感
The Inaugural dinner meeting of the Japan British Society held on 27th November 1908 marked H.E. Mr. Takaaki Kato’s departure to take up his post as Japanese Ambassador to the UK. Ambassador Kato wrote this book about his experiences and his impressions of Great Britain. Sochi Naraoka (Professor, University of Kyoto) annotated and published this work in February 2015.



Fushigina Igirisu By Toshihiko Kasahara
Kodansha Gendai Shinsho JPY900 (excl. tax)

ふしぎなイギリス
A former London correspondent for the Mainichi Newspaper, reveals the true face of the United Kingdom in a unique way. Seen through the eyes of a foreigner, the UK is an intriguing and fascinating country. The author addresses the question of how a country which developed modern rationalism along with parliamentary democracy, can support a monarchy to this day, and contemplates the enigma of British monarchy, politics, economy, and society. The reality of the UK is presented on the basis of countless interviews and an analysis of historical events. Having read this book, the reader will understand why the UK is at the cutting edge of an ever-globalizing world.



Billy Elliot the Musical Live

DVD JPY3,800 Blu-ray JPY4,700 (excl. tax)
The DVD and Blu-ray of this popular long-running musical are released in Japan on 8th July.

Billy Elliot the Musical Live



May 2015


Shogen- Senjo ni Kakeru Hashi (Building the Burma-Thailand Railway 1942-43)
By Kazuo Tamayama
TEM Shuppan Shoten JPY1,400 (excl. tax)


Dr. Kazuo Tamayama (a former Executive Secretary of the Society) published Building the Burma-Thailand Railway 1942-43 in English in 2004. A BBC documentary based on this book broadcast 10 years later received favourable reviews in the UK. A Japanese translation of this book is now available at amazon.com. If you would like an English text, please contact the JBS Secretariat.



December 2014


Aka to Ao no Gown (Red and Blue Gown Experience in Oxford)

赤と青のガウン By Princess Akiko of Mikasa
PHP Kenkyujo JPY2,300 (excl. tax)

HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa has written a book about her life and study in Oxford, where in May 2011 she was the first lady member of the Imperial Family to obtain a PhD. She also wrote a memoir of her father, the late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa who passed away in June 2012.



December 2014


Igirisu Bunka Jiten
Chief Editor Yo Kawanari Maruzen Shuppan
JPY20,000 (excl. tax)


イギリス文化事典 This encyclopedia of British culture brings together contributions from 250 writers, on such topics as British society, literature, poetry, music, art, theatre, architecture, education, and sports . A special discount price is offered to JBS members. Please see the enclosed flyer for details.
Special Price for JBS Members JPY18,000 + tax (postage included)



November 2014


Taketsuru Masataka to Whisky
By Mamoru Tsuchiya Tokyo Shoseki
JPY1,400 (excl. tax)

竹鶴政孝とウイスキー
Mamoru Tsuchiya, head of the Tokyo based Scotch Whisky Research Centre, and supervisor of the popular TV drama “Massan” on NHK, has written a book about Masataka Taketsuru and his efforts to produce Japan’s first whisky. The book contains an example of Masataka’s handwriting, an interview with his son and information about Scotland.



Isabella Bird to Nihon no Tabi
By Kiyonori Kanasaka Heibonsha Shinsho
JPY880 (excl. tax)

イザベラ・バードと日本の旅
The latest publication by Kiyonori Kanasaka (Professor Emeritus at Kyoto Univ. / JBS Member and JBS Award recipient in 2013) is Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: An Account of Travels in the Interior, Including Visits to the Aborigines of Yezo and the Shrine of Nikko by Isabella Bird. He describes the background to Bird’s travel in Japan in the late 19th century.




The John Bull Spirits (John Bull Tamashii)
By Hajime Kato Torikagesha Choeisha
JPY1,400 (excl. tax)

ジョンブル魂
This book discusses great figures in British history from the 16th century onwards. The author suggests that the toughness of the “John Bull Spirit”, combined with maritime power, played a key role in securing the prosperity of the United Kingdom.



July 2014


Downton Abbey
NBC Universal Entertainment Japan
DVD Box JPY4,800 (excl.tax)
Blu-ray Box JPY6,800 (excl. tax)


Downton Abbey
Set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, this drama series depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era.
Season 1 was shown on NHK. A special DVD box which contains backstage scenes and unreleased footage will be released in August. The DVD Box will be available at HMV shops, amazon etc. Season 2 will be broadcasted by NHK this autumn.

© 2010 Carnival Film & Television Limited. All Rights Reserved.





October 2014


Shozoga de Yomitoku Igirisu-shi
By Takako Saito PHP JPY1,000 (excl. tax)

肖像画で読み解くイギリス史
Takako Saito (Lecturer at Waseda Univ. /JBS Member) has given several art lectures to the Society. She has now written a history of Britain based on portraits of historical figures. The book contains many colourful illustrations.




In the Footsteps of Isabella Bird: Adventures in Twin Time Travel
By Kiyonori Kanasaka Heibonsha JPY3,600 (excl. tax)

ツイン・タイム・トラベル イザベラ・バードの旅の世界
Kiyonori Kanasaka (Professor Emeritus at Kyoto Univ. / JBS Member) won the 2013 JBS Award for his work on Isabella Bird. He travelled all over the world in the footsteps of Isabella Bird and took many photographs which have been exhibited in many countries. This book is a compilation of the author’s Japanese translation of Isabella Bird’s journals and his photographs.


Gulliver no Otozureta Kuni
By Tadashi Karato Banraisha JPY1,200 (excl. tax)

ガリヴァーの訪れた国
This book is about Marianne North, an English Victorian biologist and botanical artist, who came to Japan in the late 19th century. The author introduces her life and works with her diaries translated into Japanese.



July 2014


Downton Abbey
NBC Universal Entertainment Japan
DVD Box JPY4,800 (excl.tax)
Blu-ray Box JPY6,800 (excl. tax)


Downton Abbey
Set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, this drama series depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era.
Season 1 was shown on NHK. A special DVD box which contains backstage scenes and unreleased footage will be released in August. The DVD Box will be available at HMV shops, amazon etc. Season 2 will be broadcasted by NHK this autumn.

© 2010 Carnival Film & Television Limited. All Rights Reserved.





May 2014


Magazine RSVP Vol.14

The latest issue of this popular magazine on UK issues focuses on Tea. The themes include special guide to Sri Lanka ?home of Ceylon tea, British pancakes, crumpets etc.
It is available at major book shops. www.rsvp.co.jp

Present:
A draw will be made for 5 copies of the magazine.
To apply, please give your name and phone number to the JBS Secretariat by post by 30th May.





March 2014


Old Rose afureru niwa zukuri
By Kay Yamada
Shueisha JPY2,000 (excluding tax)


Old Rose afureru niwa zukuri

Kay Yamada (a JBS Member) is famous as a horticulturalist and designer of English gardens in Japan. This book introduces old roses with many beautiful pictures and also includes some tips on how to enjoy old roses at home. Present: 5 copies of her book will be distributed by lot. To enter, please give your name and phone number to the JBS Secretariat by post by 31st March




Igirisu kara no Tegami (Letters from England)
By Nozomu Hayashi
Tokyodo Shuppan JPY1,800 (excluding tax)


Igirisu Karano Tegami
Nozomu Hayashi (a JBS Member) wrote his best seller Igirisu wa oishii in 1991.The more than 100 letters that he sent to his family during his stay in the UK from 1984-1987, served as the source for Igirisu wa oishii. This book contains his original letters about his life and experiences in the UK in the mid-80s.





February 2014


Joou Heika no Blue Ribbon
(Her Majesty’s Blue Ribbon: British Diplomatic History seen from the Order of the Garter)
By Naotaka Kimizuka
Chuko Bunko JPY914 (excluding tax)


女王陛下のブルーリボン The Most Noble Order of the Garter, which was established in 1348, is one of the oldest honours in Europe. After the Napoleonic Wars, Britain became a Great Power, and almost all the world’s monarchs longed to be awarded the Blue Ribbon (the nickname of the Order), the highest honour not only in Europe, but also in Asia, Africa and Middle East. Therefore, it was not surprising that British monarchs used the granting of membership in this Order as a tool of foreign policy. This book examines the vicissitudes of British foreign policy from the age of Queen Victoria to that of Queen Elizabeth II, using the Blue Ribbon as a witness to history.




January 2014


Igirisu Bunka to Kindai Keiba
(British Culture and Modern Horse Racing)
By Masao Yamamoto
Sairyu sha JPY1,900 (excl. tax)


イギリス文化と近代競馬 This book discusses the history of horse racing in the UK. Masao Yamamoto (a JBS Member) examines British culture through the prism of horse racing and explains such terms as bookmaker, The Derby, gentlemanship, etc.
This book is available at major book shops.




Andrew Motion Zeikan (The Customs House)
By Andrew Motion
Translated by Kazuko Iki
Otowa Shobo Tsurumi Shoten JPY1,400 (excl. tax)

This is a Japanese translation of Andrew Motion’s The Customs House, translated by Kazuko Iki (a JBS Member). This is Motion’s eleventh book of poems since retiring from the post of Poet Laureate as position he held from 1999 to 2009. It is regarded as one of his masterpieces. Many of the poems are in the voices of combatants, others are based on memories of the poet's father, who took part in the D-Day landing and fought in France and Germany.





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