A DAUGHTER OF THE SAMURAI
by Etsuko Sugimoto
Set in the northern province of Echigo, which is bleak and cold and so cut off from the rest of the country by mountains that in times past it had been considered fit only for political prisoners or exiles. Sugimoto's father was a Samurai, with high ideals of what was expected of a Samurai's family. His hopes were concentrated in his son but all that was meant for him fell to the lot of his daughter.