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By Janice P. Nimura

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"Surprising and richly satisfying" (Megan Marshall); "beautifully crafted...subtle, polished, and poised" (Stacy Schiff).

In 1871, 5 younger ladies have been despatched by means of the japanese govt to the us. Their challenge: research Western methods and go back to aid nurture a brand new new release of enlightened males to guide Japan.

Raised in conventional samurai families through the turmoil of civil conflict, 3 of those strange ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as standard American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they turned celebrities, their travels and conventional garments exclaimed over via newspapers around the country. As they realized English and Western customs, their American buddies grew to like them for his or her excessive spirits and highbrow brilliance.

The passionate relationships they shaped demonstrate an intimate international of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they again to Japan—a land grown international to them—determined to revolutionize women's education.

Based on in-depth archival examine in Japan and within the usa, together with many years of letters from among the 3 girls and their American host households, Daughters of the Samurai is fantastically, cinematically written, a desirable lens by which to view a unprecedented historic moment.

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When the road forks, veer right onto Adobe road. Turn left on East Washington Street, merge onto Highway 101 north when you see the onramp, and exit at the town of your choice. 5 Getting Around With hundreds of wineries scattered amid Napa’s 43,000 acres and Sonoma’s 60,302 acres of vineyards (including Sonoma Valley and Northern Sonoma), it’s virtually impossible to explore the Wine Country without wheels. If you’re arriving by air from another part of the country or abroad, see “Getting There,” above, for details on renting a car.

Although some wineries offer free wine tastings, most now charge between $5 and $20. —they start to add up. Of course, you’ll also want to buy a few bottles of your favorite vino. Cha-ching, chaching, cha-ching—it just keeps going. Don’t let this deter you from a visit, but do expect to spend some money. MONEY-SAVING TIPS If you’re starting to think that you just can’t afford a Wine Country visit, don’t despair yet: There are a few things you can do to keep your costs down and still enjoy the region to its fullest.

Currently, you can get a compact car for about $200 a week, including all taxes and other charges (but remember that rates are always subject to change). Some of the national car-rental companies operating in San Francisco include the following: Alamo, & 800/327-9633, www. com; Enterprise, & 800/325-8007, www. com. BY CAR All these routes to the Wine Country are very well marked, with plenty of signs along the way. S. 101; turn east on Highway 37 (toward Vallejo), and then north on Highway 29, the main road through Napa Valley.

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