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Sword and blossom : a British officer's enduring love for a Japanese woman

Author: Peter Pagnamenta; Momoko Williams
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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This is the true story of an extraordinary love affair. In 1904, British Army officer Arthur Hart-Synnot was sent to Japan to learn the language. Arthur met Masa Suzuki at the Officers' Club and was immediately smitten. Masa had grown up among shopkeepers and craftsmen in working-class of Tokyo. She had left school at age fourteen to work and was a dutiful Japanese daughter. But her feelings for Arthur were so  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Arthur Henry Seton Hart-Synnot; Masako Suzuki; Arthur Henry Seton Hart-Synnot; Masako Suzuki
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Pagnamenta; Momoko Williams
ISBN: 1594200890 9781594200892
OCLC Number: 63125612
Description: xii, 3 unnumbered leaves of maps, 345 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The Far East, 1900 --
Japan and Her Neighbors, 1904 --
Tokyo, 1904 --
Return to Ballymoyer --
1906/1870-1904 --
Dai Nippon --
1904 --
The Promise --
1905 --
Together in Shinjuku --
1905-1906 --
"Close to Japan" --
1907-1911 --
Up the Irrawaddy --
1911-1913 --
Dog or Lion? --
1914-1916 --
Forget-Me-Not from Arras --
1917 --
Broken Sword --
1918 --
Falling on the Hill --
1919 --
On the Croisette --
March-July 1919 --
A Fury Roused --
June-December 1919 --
Passions Remembered --
1920-1938 --
Kiyoshi --
1921-1939 --
Epilogue --
1940-1965.
Responsibility: Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams.
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This is the true story of an extraordinary love affair. In 1904, British Army officer Arthur Hart-Synnot was sent to Japan to learn the language. Arthur met Masa Suzuki at the Officers' Club and was immediately smitten. Masa had grown up among shopkeepers and craftsmen in working-class of Tokyo. She had left school at age fourteen to work and was a dutiful Japanese daughter. But her feelings for Arthur were so powerful that she was willing to risk her family's disapproval to be with him. This book follows their attempts to make a life together and chronicles the racial prejudice and social snobbery they encountered. Separated for years at a time, they stayed in touch through long, deeply affectionate letters. The authors use this treasure trove of more than eight hundred letters to tell a story of enduring love and great loss.--From publisher description.

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