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Kawada Ryōkichi - Jeanie Eadie's samurai : the life and times of a Meiji entrepreneur and agricultural pioneer

Author: Andrew Cobbing; Masatarō Itami
Publisher: Folkestone, Kent : Global Oriental, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the early 1880s, Kawada Ryokichi, a young samurai training at a shipyard on Clydeside, near Glasgow, met and fell in love with a Glaswegian girl shop-assistant called Jeanie Eadie and took the many letters she wrote to him (together with a lock of her hair) back to Japan where they remained undiscovered for almost 100 years. Subsequently, Kawada was to have an extraordinary career at the heart of the building of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cobbing, Andrew.
Kawada Ryōkichi - Jeanie Eadie's samurai.
Folkestone, Kent : Global Oriental, 2006
(OCoLC)607682210
Online version:
Cobbing, Andrew.
Kawada Ryōkichi - Jeanie Eadie's samurai.
Folkestone, Kent : Global Oriental, 2006
(OCoLC)609465749
Named Person: Ryōkichi Kawada; Ryōkichi Kawada
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Cobbing; Masatarō Itami
ISBN: 1901903028 9781901903027
OCLC Number: 67613416
Description: xi, 288 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: The secret in the casket --
The years of rebellion --
Mitsubishi rising --
A Japanese student abroad --
A Glasgow lass --
Flowering love --
Evening frost --
Sunderland spring --
Chasing the rainbow --
Meiji docklands --
The potato baron --
In search of Jeanie.
Responsibility: by Andrew Cobbing and Itami Masatarō.

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Through a reconstruction of the samurai Kawada Ryokichi's life and career, this biography provides a case study of a single life impacting on developments in the Meiji period in Japan - from the  Read more...

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