Director Hatta has obviously lavished considerable care on her directorial debut and exercised a great deal of ingenuity to give this period drama a sense of time and place without betraying the tightness of the budget. It was also a pretty quick and easy read, only being about two hundred or so pages, I'd finished it in three or four days, the last day I ended up reading the last half of the book in one sitting. Hoping to escape a troubled past and start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age. The book talks about how Hana and Taro met. Though the Great Depression raged, the Uchida family enjoyed comforts because of Takashi's well-paying job and their own frugality.
She tried to cram too many years into one small story and it just didn't work. In this book it focuses on Hana's relationship with Taro and on her friendship with Kiku. Though the Great Depression raged, the Uchida family enjoyed comforts because of Takashi's well-paying job and their own frugality. Hatta has nothing new to say about loveless marriage or the hardships facing women keeping house after a day in the fields. While Uchida's Hana resonated with me, I found myself stepping back from the story when extremes were used. I really enjoyed this novel.
The first thing that i liked in this book is its key concept. This story, the way it was told, the emotions portrayed and the dialogue as written felt so familiar to me. Nakama, Lisa Onodera, Paul Mayersohn, Dana Satler Hankins and Diane Mei Lin Mark. Tears of many kind but not the bad kind. The story is told over a span of several decades, but skips over large blocks of time.
The concentration camps, theft of homes and business and conscription of young men should be enough to warrant unimaginable heartache. A kindly local white lady inquires after the two young Japanese women when they bring the fresh laundry, but belongs to another world. As Riyo comes to terms with her new home, she discovers a land full of hardship, struggle--and unexpected joy. Advertisement His name is Matsuji , his hands are rough, his face is bronzed by the sun, and he works hard all day in the sugar cane fields. Kaneda who treats every patient and does not give up on anyone with Hay Fever, they always saw the bright side of things.
That was only the beginning. A Ford Foundation fellowship sent her to Japan to research the culture and their stories. There is so much she could have done with this book, so much material she could have worked with to make an amazing story- but it just fell flat. Riyo becomes friends with another woman, Kana Tamlyn Tomita , who came over as a bride as well. Uchida's tender novel about a young Japanese picture bride who travels alone across the Pacific to marry a man she has never met in 1920 reveals how powerful fiction can be.
I am Japanese-American and my grandmother was a picture bride. The story of 16-year-old Riyo who journeys to Hawaii in 1918 to marry a man she has never met, except through photographs and letters they have exchanged. Riyo, an orphaned 17-year old, sails from Yokohama to Hawaii in 1918 to marry Matsuji, a man she has never met. It didn't seem necessary to take these turns in order to demonstrate the hatred in which the Japanese suffered. Marrying a man you don't love? I know that makes it more historically and culturally accurate. And she is only 16. The story explores the hope that drives so many.
The characters are likable, and all you can do is feel sorry for them while they put up with the unfair treatments they receive from the Americans as they lose everything they worked so hard to achieve, and are forced to live in horse stalls. I could have been Japanese or Korean. This book has a lot of surprises and nothing happens as you were expecting, which I really enjoyed, because it is real and even though it can be sad, the story makes more sense. I enjoyed reading about the cultural differences between our two countries and the sacrifices these people made to fit in in a new culture and community. Hana is a Japanese girl who travel by herself all the way to America just to marry a man she never met before. My only complaint was wanting more. She has seen pictures and read letters from him and that's all the she knows about him.
The miserable girl finds solace with her new friend Kana, a young mother who helps Riyo accept her new life. She moved to New York City and began as a secretary, penning stories in the evenings. Uchida does such an exquisite job at introducing the character of Hana to the reader. I was really shocked by the whole situation. After the father of Riyo Youki Kudoh dies, she becomes the arranged wife of Matsuji Akira Takayama , a migrant worker in Hawaii. In between, she struggles to accept her marriage with a man named Taro, who actually isn't such a bad guy luckily. She is however obligated to work on the plantation.
Jansen , Lois Freeman-Fox , Robert Komatsu , Gordon Antell , Joanie Diener , Jonathan Miller , Jake Eberle , Barbara McBain , Hugh Waddell , Gwendolyn Yates Whittle , Colin C. Hana has never met Taro in person and they have only send mails and pictures to each other when Hana was still in Japan. Additionally, I was not sure what to make of the character Mary. Perhaps I am making unfair assumptions about parts of her story the reader is left to merely infer. She went to United states to marry someone she has never met. They are anxious and weary most of the book, but I don't know what that looks like at all. Taro Takeda lives in Oakland.