Issue 129: Japan

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The short stories, poems and discursive essays in our Japan issue elude stereotypes – even the cover image by Ken Kitano, which seems to show a traditionally kimonoed Japanese woman is in fact a composite of 30 gelatin silver prints of geikos and meikos. One of our contributors, Sarah Mulvey comments:

‘I’ve now read the Japan issue from cover to cover and am so pleased to have been a part of it. I was particularly impressed with the variety of writing styles and differing views of Japan. Having lived here for quite some time, I’ve had the opportunity to read many interpretations of Japan. Unfortunately, many writers often lean too heavily on cliched, predictable portrayals of the Japanese characters and of the country itself. The Edinburgh Review steered clear of that, offering thoughtful and provocative prose, poetry and photographs, giving a wide range of perspectives from Japan.’

Read Anthony Head’s article An Everyday Occurance.


Ai Sakaguchi – In transit

Sheila Cosgrove – A doughnut missing, Alan Spence – Eight burning hells, Sarah Mulvey – Leaving Maybeline, Jill Dobson – Kimura-sensei’s shoes, Louis Malloy – Aftershock


Masayo Koike, Aiko Harman, translated by Leith Morton, Shuntaro Kanikawa, Alan Spence


Anthony Head, Hannah Adcock, Tony McKibbin, Leo Glaister, Helen S.E. Parker, Will Brady


Masahiko Taniguchi, Ken Kitano


Hannah Adcock, Ian Astley, Aileen Christanson, A.C. Clarke, Catherine Czerkawska, Alasdair Gillon, Aiko Harman, Beth Junor, Stephen Lackaye, Michael Lister, Iain Macwhirter, Tony McKibbin, Eric Sandberg, Roland Stiven, translated by William I. Elliott and Kazuo Kawamura


    Read some recent snippets of the Review online

    Two poems from Roddy Lumsden: Women in Paintings and Tact

    Poetry from JL Williams: Pool Hall School and Time Breaks the Heart

    Frances Leviston's article questions the recent re-reading of the work of Elizabeth Bishop. Spectacle and Speculation

    David Wheatley examines the political poem today in his article, Between ‘Helpless Right’ and ‘Forced Pow’r’

    Share a bus journey in Graham Fulton's poem Blue Bag

    Our editor expounds on poetry, place and the Review itself:
    Alan Gillis: The State of the Review

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