From a typically modest and cultured Japanese mother, circumstances force Tei to become a tough, outspoken woman . . . Her memoir is not only about suffering . . . but also includes moments of humor, romance, and beauty.
It is a story without boundaries for all time.
Caroline Matano Yang
Former Executive Director of
the Japan-US Educational Commission
As the translator of this remarkable memoir which became a Japanese bestseller, it wasn't possible to remain objective. This is a very emotional, personal account of a war refugee and her family who flee from Manchuria, travel down through northern Korea, cross the newly established 38th Parallel into southern Korea, and back home to war torn Japan. Her story gives the reader insight into not only the historical setting but also the feelings of the Japanese, Koreans, and Russians caught in the middle of WWII. I was privileged to translate this important document.