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Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

By Janice P. Nimura

“Nimura paints heritage in cinematic strokes and brings a forgotten tale to vibrant, unforgettable life.”―Arthur Golden, writer of Memoirs of a Geisha

In 1871, 5 younger ladies have been despatched by means of the japanese govt to the USA. Their project: examine Western methods and go back to assist nurture a brand new new release of enlightened males to steer Japan.

Raised in conventional samurai families in the course of the turmoil of civil battle, 3 of those strange ambassadors―Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda―grew up as average American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they turned celebrities, their travels and standard garments exclaimed over by way of newspapers around the kingdom. As they discovered English and Western customs, their American pals grew to like them for his or her excessive spirits and highbrow brilliance.

The passionate relationships they shaped display an intimate global of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they again to Japan―a land grown international to them―determined to revolutionize women’s education.

Based on in-depth archival study in Japan and within the usa, together with a long time of letters from among the 3 ladies and their American host households, Daughters of the Samurai is superbly, cinematically written, a desirable lens during which to view a rare historic moment.

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209  “old Emperors waltzing”: Ume Tsuda to Adeline Lanman, April 22, 1887, in Furuki, Attic Letters, 283–85. 209  “The fancy ball made an outstanding stir”: Ume Tsuda to Adeline Lanman, may well 1, 1887, in Furuki, Attic Letters, 285. 210  “I like to examine you two”: Ume Tsuda to Adeline Lanman, January 29, 1887, in Furuki, Attic Letters, 276–77. 210  “I have bought notice”: Ume Tsuda to Adeline Lanman, September 22, 1886, in Furuki, Attic Letters, 261–62. 210  “The women of the nobility”: Ume Tsuda to Adeline Lanman, September 25, 1885, in Furuki, Attic Letters, 219–22.

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They're completely too caught up, and will now not achieve any however the lowest type of humans simply because they won't agree to eastern ways,” she wrote. “Talk of hardships and privations—they have their households, and their houses, the easiest of comforts, gown good, burst off on vacation trips, rejoice, be aware of not anything of eastern, and nonetheless they're doing all this, for the paintings for God’s sake. Doing what? ” right here have been humans no assorted from these she had lived between in Washington: secure—even smug—in the data that they have been doing God’s paintings, surrounded via the comforts of domestic, sponsored by way of their church buildings, and unfastened from any valuable to evolve to their alien atmosphere.

The separation among white and black people,” Kume famous, “is as distinctive as that among transparent and muddy water. ” the place the japanese slot in this racially polarized second used to be difficult to inform. They have been the controversy of the city, even inspiring a cameo in Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner’s novel The Gilded Age: “Did you spot these Japs, omit Leavitt? ” “Oh, sure, aren’t they queer. yet so high-bred, so picturesque. Do you're thinking that colour makes any distinction, Mr. Hawkins? i was so prejudiced opposed to colour.

Leonard Bacon had by no means faltered in his help of those teens, whose foreignness had now not avoided them from feeling like participants of his kin. notwithstanding the chinese language executive had recalled its scholars, fearing the impression of Christianity, Bacon observed to it that Tan remained at Yale, elevating cash from his personal neighbors for Tan’s help. “I have by no means expressed to you nor to Dr. Bacon nor to Nellie & Alice my gratitude for each convenience i've got bought at your arms simply because most of these kindnesses have been a lot like domestic love and care that i couldn't do it,” Tan wrote in a condolence letter to Catherine.

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