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Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back - Janice P. Nimura
Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back
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“Surprising and richly satisfying" (Megan Marshall); “beautifully crafted . . . subtle, polished, and poised” (Stacy Schiff).In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of... show more
“Surprising and richly satisfying" (Megan Marshall); “beautifully crafted . . . subtle, polished, and poised” (Stacy Schiff).In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan.Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, three of these unusual ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as typical American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they became celebrities, their travels and traditional clothing exclaimed over by newspapers across the nation. As they learned English and Western customs, their American friends grew to love them for their high spirits and intellectual brilliance.The passionate relationships they formed reveal an intimate world of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they returned to Japan—a land grown foreign to them—determined to revolutionize women’s education.Based on in-depth archival research in Japan and in the United States, including decades of letters from between the three women and their American host families, Daughters of the Samurai is beautifully, cinematically written, a fascinating lens through which to view an extraordinary historical moment. Map; 8 pages of illustrations
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780393077995 (0393077993)
ASIN: 0393077993
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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4.5 Review of Daughters of the Samurai by Janice Nimura
A fascinating book on a story I knew nothing about. This book follows three daughters of samurai as they are sent to study in America during the transitional period of 19th century Japan. My favorite parts of this book are the opening sections that outline the Japanese history of the closed world ...
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