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Book of Interest 2018
August 2018

RSVP Magazine Vol. 22: Modern British Interiors, Maruzen Shuppan, JPY1,700 (excl. tax)
The latest issue of this popular magazine on UK issues focuses on British interiors.
It is available at major book shops, and

Present: A draw will be made for 5 copies. To apply, please register your name and phone number by post with the JBS Secretariat by 10th August.

Hyoden Conan Doyle no Shinjitsu
by Mikio Kawamura, Kamakura Shunju Sha, JPY4,500 (excl. tax)
Mikio Kawamura (Professor Emeritus of Tama University) is a specialist on Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This book discusses the life and works of Conan Doyle.

The Tale of Genji Vol. 2: Arthur Waley’s translation of Lady Murasaki’s 11th-century masterpiece in "back translation" to Japanese,
by siblings Marie Mariya and Megumi Moriyama,
Sayusha, JPY3,200 (excl. tax)

This unique version of The Tale of Genji is a fresh and epoch-making approach to a work many consider the quintessence of Japan-British cross-cultural art, and one of the greatest works of literature of all time.
This new version recreates the beauty of Waley’s poetic prose in modern Japanese, deepening the reader’s appreciation of Lady Murasaki's original and Waley's vision.
The second volume is now available at major book shops and

July 2018

Sekai Isan Kew Garden ni Manabu Hajimete no Eikokuryu Engei Tekunikku
by Masaya Tatebayashi
Kodansha Co., Ltd. JPY1,512 (excl. tax)

This book introduces the essence of English gardening.
Masaya Tatebayashi (a JBS member) is the first Japanese gentleman to have gained a Kew Diploma. The book includes information about gardening at Kew, British people and gardening, charity gardens, gardening education in UK, etc.

June 2018

The Blossoming of Imperial Culture - Technique and Aesthetic in the Adornments of the Meiji Court
Supervised by Taishu Komatsu
Planned by the Organising Committee for the Exhibition  
Seigensha JPY 2,315 (excl. tax)

An exhibition entitled The Blossoming of Imperial Culture Flourishing Court Culture is now travelling amongst will be held at five museums .
The official catalogue presents masterpieces related to the Meiji Imperial Court and features art works treasured by the Emperor Meiji, dresses worn by the Empress Shoken and other female Imperial family members, furnishings, artefacts and bonbonieres at the Meiji Court.
It also includes a research paper written by H.I.H. Princess Akiko of Mikasa.

May 2018

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: And Other Japanese Proverbs and Sayings with English Equivalents Ichinen iwa o mo tosu
By Primrose Arnander/Compiled by Ritsuko Nishimae
Medina Publishing Ltd.

This is the latest in a series of bilingual illustrated proverb books devised in 1985 by Primrose Arnander and the late Ashkhain Skipwith: three feature Arabic proverbs, and three Italian, French and Chinese proverbs. This Japanese version gives proverbs in the original Japanese together with a literal English translation and the equivalent English proverb. Available at ($11.99, hardcover) or (JPY1,401)

Territory of Light
By Yuko Tsushima, translated by Geraldine Harcourt
Penguin Classics

Territory of Light
This is an English translation of Hikari no Ryobun by Yuko Tsushima (1947-2016), a famous writer and the second daughter of Dazai Osamu.
The translator, Geraldine Harcourt, lived in Japan for more than 30 years. Available at (JPY1,649, paperback)

April 2018

Royal Teas Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham Palace
by Mark Flanagan and Kathryn Cuthbertson
Translated by Miyuki Tadahira,
Special support for Japanese version by Yukiko Tagawa and Chizuko Tokuno (JBS member)
Kawade Shobo Shinsha JPY2,100 (excl. tax)

This book contains recipes used for afternoon teas at Buckingham Palace, where Royal Chef Mark Flanagan and his team prepare springtime picnics, summer garden parties, autumn high teas and festive Christmas teas.

March 2018

Japan - 100 Hidden Towns
JPY2,376(Tax Included)

Japan 100 Hidden Towns
Japan - 100 Hidden Towns is a travel guidebook to rural Japan’s lesser-known attractions.
Each of the featured 100 towns is reviewed with a focus on nature, culture, food, access, and key dates - all illustrated with colourful photographs.
The book has 416 pages, and also contains information on Japan’s eight regions and their major tourist attractions, general advice for travellers, and listings of useful travel phrases. It is supported by a website that provides detailed maps of each town. The book is ideal for visitors to Japan with an appetite for its better-hidden charms.

February 2018

Eigo no nazo (Mysteries of the English Language)
by Ryokukei Kisida, Makoto Hayasaka (JBS Member) and Naofumi Okumura
Kadokawa Sophia Books 2018 JPY720 (excl. tax)
This small book on the history of the English language deals with such basic questions as “Why does the verb be take on the forms am, is and are?” and “Why do we put do or is before the subject in interrogative sentences?” These questions can be answered by looking at the history of the language, which has witnessed drastic changes over the last 1,500 years.

December 2017

The Tale of Genji: Arthur Waley’s translation of Lady Murasaki’s 11th-century masterpiece in "back translation" to Japanese
by siblings Marie Mariya and Megumi Moriyama Sayusha JPY3,200 (excl. tax)
This unique version of The Tale of Genji is a fresh and epoch-making approach to the story many consider the quintessence of Japan-British cross-cultural art, and one of the greatest works of literature of all time. This new version recreates and reincarnates Waley’s beauty and poetic prose into modern Japanese, deepening readers’ appreciation of Lady Murasaki's original and Waley's vision.

November 2017

CD Christmas Gambols
Anyone looking for a special British Christmas gift this year is warmly invited to consider Retrospect Opera’s CD recording of Charles Dibdin’s Christmas Gambols of 1795.
Retrospect Opera is a charity organisation based in the UK (Manchester) and in Japan (Kyoto) which records important works of British musical theatre.
Christmas Gambols was designed specifically as a Christmas show, and includes a wonderful selection of songs, some of which became very popular.
This is the first CD devoted to Dibdin’s songs, though he was the leading British singer-songwriter of his time.
For further details please see the Retrospect website

If you would like to purchase this CD, please visit the website above or contact Dr. David Chandler (Professor of Doshisha Univ.) by e-mail: or by post at 341-11-417 Shimizucho Kawaramachi Nijo Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi 604-0911, mentioning your name, address, and the number of CDs you would like to buy. A special discount price of JPY1,500 (incl. postage) is available for people living in Japan, and for a limited period, a Christmas sale will be held: 3CDs for JPY3,000.

Tennou no Dining Hall - Shirarezaru Meiji Tennou no Kyutei Gaikou
by Taisuke Yamazaki, Mary Redfern, Nobuko Imaizumi
Shibunkaku Shuppan JPY2,500 (excl. tax)

This book is about Meiji Kinenkan, which was used as a guest palace when Emperor Meiji hosted banquets for foreign dignitaries. The three authors discuss its architecture and table art, along with the topic of Imperial diplomacy.

Motto Shiritai Turner - Shogai to Sakuhin
by Yuko Arakawa
Tokyo Bijutsu, JPY2,000, excl. tax

もっと知りたいターナー 生涯と作品
This book discusses the life and works of William Turner, the great 19th-century British master.

October 2017

RSVP Magazine Vol. 21 Lake District
RSVP Butlers
JPY1,700 (excl. tax)

The latest issue of this popular magazine on UK issues focuses on the Lake District. It is available at major bookshops

A draw will be made for 5 copies of this magazine. To apply, please register your name and phone number by post with the JBS Secretariat by 31st October.

Eikoku no Kyodo Kashi
by Tamao Sako, Kodansha
JPY1,500 (excl. tax)

This is the latest publication by Ms Tamao Sako, a cooking instructor specialising in British puddings.
Various puddings from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are introduced with recipes.

Zusetsu Eikoku Antique no Sekai
by Mari Ono, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
JPY1,800, (excl. tax)

Ms Mari Ono is the representative of the National Trust Support Centre in Japan, and her publications and lectures are designed to introduce the National Trust and various UK issues to Japanese people.
This heavily illustrated book discusses the history of British antiques and the manor house lifestyle.

September 2017

Isabella Bird and Japan: A Reassessment
by Kiyonori Kanasaka,
translated by Nicholas Pertwee
Renaissance Books

JBS member and Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University Kiyonori Kanasaka published an English translation of Isabella Bird to Nihon no tabi in 2014 (Heibonsha Shinsho).
This new version includes a foreword by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, more detailed endnotes, and an index. Available at for $45.00.

August 2017

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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

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)

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)

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.

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)

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.)

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.)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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.

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