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Combining a gripping love story with a revealing look into 19th-century Japan, this biographical novel chronicles the bittersweet story of Tsurumatsu and Okichi Saito--a young Japanese couple torn apart by the whims of international politics. When the first American consul, Townsend Harris, arrived in Japan, he took a liking to Okichi, who, despite already being engaged, wCombining a gripping love story with a revealing look into 19th-century Japan, this biographical novel chronicles the bittersweet story of Tsurumatsu and Okichi Saito--a young Japanese couple torn apart by the whims of international politics. When the first American consul, Townsend Harris, arrived in Japan, he took a liking to Okichi, who, despite already being engaged, was promised by her local governor to Harris, and remained his concubine for five years. Her marriage with Tsurumatsu was destroyed and she was never fully reaccepted into Japanese culture after having been a foreigner's mistress. Recounting the depths of suffering that befell Saito after Harris returned to America. this work reveals a tumultuous era in Japanese history through one young woman's moving story....

Title : Butterfly in the Wind: The Life of ""Tojin"" Okichi, Concubine Against Her Will of the First American Consul in Japan
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ISBN : 9789080612969
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Butterfly in the Wind: The Life of ""Tojin"" Okichi, Concubine Against Her Will of the First American Consul in Japan Reviews

  • Stephanie
    2018-09-27 06:06

    really depressing story... with a lot of foreshadowing of impending doom and gloom. the only thing that saved it was the historical context and the 'truth' in the story. if you want to read a book about how horrible society can be and ruin one person's life and all her loved ones, go for it.

  • Ivana
    2018-09-28 13:15

    If it weren't for the subject, the writing style is more appropriate for kids literature than adult fiction. Really disappointed by this read.

  • Sam
    2018-10-22 11:07

    Actually, it should get 1.5*. The most interesting in this book was the main character, her legend and historical setting. The way it was written... Never again will I read Rei Kimura's books.

  • Mark
    2018-09-30 08:58

    you'll find people like Okichi throughout history, fated and destined to suffer. sacrificed by circumstance or is it karma? who knows? but something happens and their lives are changed irrevocably from a normal existence to one of supernatural subsistence. no wonder this woman became a drunk, i certainly don't blame her.and of course her fellow citizens had no way to understand what kind of hell she lived so they scorned her of course [it's the normal human thing to do for normal humans of which Okichi is now not privy to that club] Only adding to her torment.Try though she did to reinvent herself by going back to her past love it was futile of course. The gods were against her, fate was against her, history loves a story and she got one.the bitch. I hope you found happiness in your next life my friend.Great writing Rei, thanks for your effort.

  • LookPla
    2018-10-10 13:12

    เศร้าเหลือเกินค่ะ อ่านไปหดหู่ไปไม่เข้าใจคนสมัยนั้นว่าทำไมนึกให้ดีผูหญิง 1 คนที่หมั้นหมายกับแฟนแล้วแต่ต้องไปบำรุงบำเรอต่างชาติเนี่ย มันเจ็บปวดแค่ไหนต้องจากคนรัก จากครอบครัวด้วยกว่าที่ชาวบ้านจะสำนึกได้ว่าเธอถูกบีบคั้นให้ไปทำหน้าที่นั้นอะไรๆ มันก็สายจนเกินไป มีคนสังเวยชีวิตให้กับสังคมที่ดูถูกเธอไปแล้วน่าเศร้าจริงๆ ค่ะ แต่ขณะเดียวกันก็แอบอดคิดไม่ได้ว่าแล้วทำไมเธอไม่ย้ายตัวเองไปถิ่นฐานอื่นไปเลยไปยังต่างเมืองที่ที่ไม่มีใครรู้จักเธอ แล้วก็เริ่มต้นชีวิตใหม่มันน่าจะง่ายดายกว่าการนั่งทนให้ตัวเองอยู่ในสังคมนี้แต่โดยสรุป อ่านแล้วสงสารเธอจริงๆ ค่ะหญิงสาวที่ถูกเชิดชูเมื่อสายเกินไป

  • Moira
    2018-10-15 13:54

    Extremely tragic story of a 15-year old beauty Okichi Saito whose life is forever altered when she is delivered to Townsend Harris, the first American Consul in Japan, to become his concubine. Fascinating story of a woman who becomes a pariah by fate who tries to find some measure of happiness. Terribly sad. Almost unbearably sad.

  • ula
    2018-10-23 07:46

    Pertamanya gak niat baca buku ini dan waktu mulai baca agak malas-malasan. Tapi waktu sudah 1/4 buku, huwaaa sedih sekali buku ini. Tokichi telah diperlakukan tidak adil dan sampai akhir pun tidak bisa mendapatkan kebahagiaan.Salah satu buku yang membuatku menangis karena perlakuan tidak adil terhadap wanita.

  • Riany Moessa
    2018-10-19 06:02

    Sebuah buku yang mengajarkan saya, bahwa untuk menilai dan mengomentari seseorang janganlah hanya melihat dari satu sudut pandang saja,,,,,tapi cobalah untuk melihat dari berbagai sudut pandang, membuat kita dapat melihat sebuah kenyataan yg jelas ada didepan mata.

  • Tanya
    2018-10-16 13:06

    Beautiful imagery with a heartwrenching storyline. This was my first book about concubines in Japan and it was a powerful start. It was fiction based on a real girl who has a monument in her hometown. This story moved me!

  • Rini
    2018-10-10 11:48

    tragis dan kejam.bagaimana seorang manusia bisa sangat terpuruk dan karena penghakiman sepihak dr lingkungannya.