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

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