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About Kazuko Nishimura
I’m a Historical Fiction Author. My family hails from the Land of the Rising Sun, though, I am based in the UK, where I have lived for the past twenty years. I am an Economics graduate and have worked for over twenty years in finance and IT. I have lived in four countries – UK, Switzerland, Japan & Brazil. Am I blessed? Yes, I believe I am. Acquiring the knowledge of different cultures and customs made me a better person. I believe that ignorance is the root of bigotry and tradition is the living treasure of peoples’ history and heritage. Every country has a history that is compelling, every culture carries a unique heritage and they deserve to be respected.
History is my passion. My bookshelves (and kindle) are stuffed with historical books and historical fiction novels. I love travelling too. I travel around the world (workload permitting) and my destinations are usually chosen after I finish reading an absorbing historical (fiction or non-fiction) book. I started writing when I was a child and continued through adulthood. After many trials and errors, I believe I made my narratives good enough to share them with other people. Yet reading and writing helped me to deal with problems at difficult times. One can call it escapism, but reading or writing words can never become a harmful addiction. I wrote “The Goddesses of Japan” in memory of my late father. When I was seven years old, he used to read the stories of the Creation and Ancient Japan to me at bed times and I got hooked to them. I hope my readers enjoy reading my books, as much as I enjoy writing them
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Swayed by the stronghanded military regime of the Shogun, Japan left feudalism much later than most European powers. A nation dominated by a rigid samurai code of honor and power-hungry warlords, Japan's transition to modernization, would not be achieved without bloodshed imbued with stoicism, resilience, bravery, deception, treason, and lots of romance.
The most rapturous insight of this historical period, dubbed Bakumatsu, that dragged from 1853 to 1868, is the presence of a Westerner who was instrumental in the political machinations that brought down the shogunate rule and reinstated the emperor to the supreme office, ushering the country into a sort of capitalism.
Thomas Blake Glover, a Scotsman from Aberdeen, had neither advanced academic qualification, nor professional training. Placed in an unseemly place, yet during a crucial period, he was armed with vision, a sharp nose for business and a staunch determination.
Working with the inequalities rather than fighting them, Glover understood cultural differences could survive on reciprocal respect and concessions; forbearance applied when values conflicted.
Living through the twists and turns of Japan's mythic culture, pulling the strings of his hard-harnessed power, Glover forever changed the course of the country of the Rising Sun’s history...
Brazil… a discovery shrouded in mystery, a colonization stained with slavery.
In March 1500, the Portuguese Conquistador, Pedro Álvares Cabral, is in command of a fleet, the size of which has never before been dared by a European power.
Sponsored by King Manuel I, the endeavor heads to India to set up a trading port for Portugal and bring back coveted spices. Though Cabral returns with much more than that. He discovers a huge land farther west, which is eventually named Brazil. The land is fertile and populated by natives who resist being enslaved and put up a fight to keep their freedom.
The Jews, the first migrants, introduced Brazil to the hugely profitable sugar agroindustry. Alas, the long arm of the Inquisition of Europe extends to its American colony and cannot behold beyond extermination of the heretics. People are castigated, burnt at the stake because they worship a different God. Brazil’s natural resources are exploited by the French, Dutch, and English.
Portugal applies its African model to protect its sovereignty and colonize Brazil, ultimately, importing a huge number of black slaves from Africa as labor. The blacks fight chains and manacles and set up the legendary Quilombo dos Palmares—a sanctuary for the Maroons, a hugely successful settlement that defies the Crown’s regime. It proves hard work cannot be motivated by pain, freedom fosters progress and its democratic political organization does not need the King of Portugal. Palmares and its leader—Zumbi—must be destroyed at any cost. How far is the Crown willing to go to achieve its objective?
The saga of the oldest, continuous hereditary monarchy in the world, the 2600 years old, Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan, "The Goddesses of Japan" is a history-based book, narrated by unsung heroines—goddess, sovereign, mother, wife, warrior, lover—all who enact in the forefront, or move in the background, to influence the fate of the country and forever change the history of Japan.
Deities Izanami and Izanagi are appointed Creators of the New World—the Land of the Rising Sun. A beautiful relationship of love develops between them during the Creation phase, but fate sadly sets them apart for good. Their offspring fight for hegemony over the land and Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess emerges victorious. Her descendants become the rulers of the new world and found the legendary Yamato Dynasty.
Although, throughout antiquity alliances are forged with powerful aristocratic families in order to survive treachery and rivalries, with the emergence of the Samurai class, the Imperial House loses grip on state affairs and the country is engulfed in brutal civil wars. The sword becomes law and the strong feed on the weak in a dynamic interchange of power, where there is always one who is yet stronger than the strongest. Stealth agents, Ninja, enter the scene, worsening the situation, yet help the process of reunification of the country.
Christianity is introduced to the country. At the height of its power, it has tamed the natives of the American continent, subjugated the Philippines and terrorises Europe with the Inquisition.
Is Japan going to be its next conquest?