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

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Janice P. Nimura
Daughters of the Samurai

As a history buff, I enjoy reading history and, when I find an event that is new to me, it is doubly enjoyable.

In 1871, after being isolated for over 200 years, the Japanese government sent five young girls, ages 6 to 14, to America. They were to learn our ways and help nurture a new generation to lead Japan. Only three of the girls stayed for the ten-year journey. They traveled the country, learned English, and made life-long friends. Upon returning to a country that was now foreign to them, the three young ladies had many decisions to make.

The author has written a scholarly but very readable work covering the history of the Samurai in Japan, the opening of Japan to the Western world, and the education and life of three very strong and brave young women.

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Jeanne S., Youth Services

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