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Lunch with Janice Nimura (Daughters of the Samurai)

  • 14 Apr 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Riviera Country Club Ballroom, 1155 Blue Road, Coral Gables
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  • Guest attending at no charge (sponsors, aides, author, etc.)
  • You must be a current member of The Prologue Society to register for this luncheon.

    IMPORTANT NOTE regarding cancellation and no-show: No refunds or credits will be allowed without three business days' notice from the date of the event (as that is the deadline set by our venue).
  • This is intended for our outreach program. Please contact us for approval and the discount code.

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

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.

 ~ W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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