The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late s as a somber backdrop for her . Shortly before World War II, a Chinese man, sent to Japan to recover from tuberculosis, meets a lovely Japanese girl and four older residents, in a story of passion and sacrifice. This novel very much focuses on Japanese culture in ’s rural Japan. Add tags for "The Samurai's. The Samurai's garden. byTsukiyama, Gail. Publication date DAISY download. For print-disabled users. Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files.

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The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. About the book. On the eve of the Second World War, a young Chinese man is sent to his family's summer home in . The Samurai's garden by Gail Tsukiyama; 3 editions; First published in ; Subjects: In library, Man-woman relationships, Cuentos de amor. About this Guide. The following author biography and list of questions about The Samurai's Garden are intended as resources to aid individual readers and book.

The book begins with Stephen's account of his diagnosis of tuberculosis, his family's reaction, and the events that brought him to be on a train bound for Tarumi.

As Stephen tells it, his parents were searching for a place for Stephen to recuperate but were also looking for a way to get him away from his younger sister, Penelope, before he infected her.

When Stephen arrives in Tarumi, he's met by Matsu, caretaker of the family property.

Stephen first believes that his time in Tarumi will be too quiet and expects boredom. He plans to paint and expects to be homesick at once.

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But he soon discovers that he is entranced by the quiet and forms a friendship with Matsu. That friendship is enhanced when Stephen meets Sachi—the woman Matsu helped through her discovery of her own infection with leprosy.

Matsu quickly becomes a complicated character and Stephen is inextricably caught up in Matsu's life, which is interwoven with Sachi's own. Matsu's younger sister was among those in the village infected when the village experienced an outbreak of leprosy. All who were infected felt they had dishonored their families, and Matsu's sister took her own life in an effort to bring honor to her family.

Sachi says she tried to do the same, but didn't have the courage. Matsu's best friend is Kenzo. Kenzo was betrothed to Sachi until her discovery of the leprosy. When Sachi ran away, Kenzo sent messages to Sachi by way of Matsu, but never again saw her until he happened upon her one day at Matsu's house. Kenzo soon committed suicide himself. Throughout the story, there are two gardens that are important to Matsu, Sachi, and Stephen.

Matsu's garden is filled with water and color. He has a fish pond and a bridge, and the three work hard at the garden after a storm causes major damage. The second garden is Sachi's and is, in many ways, the opposite of Matsu's.

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Sachi's garden is dry and there's a single flower that blooms in the center of her garden. In the first few months, though, Stephen makes a good friend in Matsu, the owner of the beach house.

Stephen also falls in love with a pretty Japanese girl named Keiko, amongst other things. And all the while, he listens to the news of how his homeland is ravaged by the Japanese army, and that every day the army marches closer and closer to his home, Hong Kong. By the end of the year, he is pained when he has to leave his friends and memories in Tarumi and return to Hong Kong.

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According to this book, Stephen experienced and observed several things. On the most obvious level is the culture.

Tarumi appears to be largely unaffected by Western culture. While a few girls wore Western-style dresses, most of the women were dressed in kimonos. The locals still practice Shinto.

Matsu took Stephen up to the Tama Shrine, a rustic though typical shrine, and offered some rice to the fox god Inari In many ways, Tarumi is sort of the Easternized version of the stereotypical Midwestern small town.

While the pastoral countryside is relaxing and captivating, it is also a good place to experience loneliness and isolation.

As he is used to being wit his family in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, Stephen is probably the most prominent example if this overarching theme. And he sort of was a unique specimen, an exhibit.

Thanks to the war, he was one of the only men in Tarumi, and he was also the only Chinese person there Matsu is also obviously isolated. But then she became the rumbling in the distance before an avalanche. She was the first case of leprosy in the village.The E-mail Address es field is required.

At first it appears so simple, a story of a young Chinese-Japanese young man named Stephen leaving his family house in Hong Kong so his younger sister may not get exposed his sickness. See all 8 questions about The Samurai's Garden…. In terms of political commitments, the past eight years have seemed extremely long. I asked, rubbing the sleep from my eyes and sitting up.

A person's life can change so much in one short year. The Japanese setting was nicely presented, with foods or customs in the relationships. It sounds long.