By Janice P. Nimura
A brand new York instances amazing booklet of 2015
"Surprising and richly satisfying" (Megan Marshall); "beautifully crafted...subtle, polished, and poised" (Stacy Schiff).
In 1871, 5 younger ladies have been despatched by way of the japanese govt to the us. Their challenge: examine Western methods and go back to aid nurture a brand new iteration of enlightened males to guide Japan.
Raised in conventional samurai families through the turmoil of civil struggle, 3 of those strange ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as ordinary American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they grew to become celebrities, their travels and conventional garments exclaimed over by means of newspapers around the country. As they discovered English and Western customs, their American buddies 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 back 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 fantastically, cinematically written, a desirable lens by which to view a unprecedented old moment.