Bridge to the Sun

Bridge to the Sun

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Jul 11, 2017

This book is well worth reading for its unique viewpoint of an American woman who lived in Japan during and after World War II. I first read the book after meeting Mariko Terasaki Miller at a national convention of Women's Political Caucus in Kansas City in 1974. The book was quite well known in Honolulu, where I was living at the time. Mariko, who just died in 2016, in her eighties, in Casper, WY, was a wonderful, wise, woman. She spent the war years with her father and mother in and near Tokyo. Her father was a Japanese diplomat and her mother, Gwen, the author of Bridge to the Sun, was an American from Tennessee. They had married in the 1930's and spent several years in diplomatic posts in Cuba, Shanghai, and Washington, D. C., where they were living in December, 1941. Hidenari Terasaki tried in vain to prevent the militarists in Japan from starting the war. His failure to stop them broke his heart, and his health was never good after that. Gwen and her daughter, Mariko, then nine years old, were sent to Japan in an exchange of diplomats and spent the war years there. It's a fascinating story. My only criticism is with the paperback edition of the book. It is full of typos that the publisher should have caught.


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