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Banzai Hurrah The Island Beyond Japan Matsu Britain's Case and Miss Minerv. What a delightful book Pure serendipity that I read it found an old Penguin in a charity shop and bought it just because it was about Japan where I ve been recently First published in 1921 by a diplomat and someone who reflects the values and prejudices of his time the book nevertheless transcends those and becomes a compulsively readable story of love and passion in Japan before WW1

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Kimono Author John Paris

Onym John Paris Amongst his works are Michelangelo Kimono Sayonara Good Bye. Captain Geoffrey Barrington marries Asako Fujinami in London in 1913 He s a big blond boy from an old rich family that has come to the end of its money She s Japanese and has spent almost her whole life in Paris with adopted parents She has money huge amounts arrive regularly from JapanLondon society toasts the couple with the only misgivings being where her money comes from and the role of women in Japanese society with particular reference to the sex trade Everyone concludes that it would be best for the Barringtons to avoid Japan and to live their lives spending her money in Switzerland Italy and on the Riviera Note to people who write the blurb on editions of Tender is the Night this is happening ten years before the Divers turned it into the playground of the rich and famousThe Barringtons ignore the advice and go to Japan Geoffrey doesn t have too bad a time at the start but does end up spending all of his time playing tennis with an Embassy chum and an Anglophile Viscount The Embassy chum has fallen for a woman who s bad news and Asako makes friends with her relations and starts to set up home in Japan Clouds are gathering as a host of Japanese men inscrutable to Geoffrey and Asako embark on an evil planI loved this book It is fairly racist in themes and in language the author is obsessed with Mongolian yellow and how much of it each Japanese character has but there are some astute observations and in defence of the story it did keep me guessingHis characterisations weren t brilliant with the English much sophisticated than the Japanese Asako wasn t too bad but it was a bit of an effort to tell apart the numerous inscrutable Japanese men I had to remind myself at the big dramatic ending that Ito and Tanaka weren t actually the same personHe uses loads of Japanese words some of which remain foreign to the casual reader katsuobushi zabuton geta etc But he has a whole chapter about dwarf trees without using the word bonsai Isn t that oddAs they left the church the organ was playing Kimiga yo the Japanese national anthem Nobody recognised it except the few Japanese who were present Those who had heard the tune before and half remembered it decided that it must come for the Mikado and one stern dowager went so far as to protest to the rector for permitting such a tune to desecrate the sacred edificeThe elderly rou s seemed to have particularly fruity memories of tea house sprees and Oriental philanderings under the cherry blossoms of Yokohama Evidently Japan was just like the musical comediesBut the children of Nagasaki They are laughing happy many coloured and ubiuitous It pleased him to watch them playing their game of Jonkenpan with much show of pudgy fingersOn a train passing Mount Fuji It s a pity we can t see it said Geoffrey Yes it s the only big thing in the whole darned country said a saturnine American sitting opposite and then when you get to it it s just a heap of cinders and the ueer sickly scent of a powerful evergreen tree aflower throughout the city which resembled the reek of that Nagasaki brothel

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Frank Trelawny Arthur Ashton Gwatkinwas an author who wrote under the pseud. Racist heartless at times amazingly accurate compulsively readable horribly prejudiced book absolutely worth reading


6 thoughts on “Kimono Author John Paris

  1. says:

    Racist heartless at times amazingly accurate compulsively readable horribly prejudiced book absolutely worth readi

  2. says:

    Captain Geoffrey Barrington marries Asako Fujinami in London in 1913 He's a big blond boy from an old rich family that has come to the end of its money She's Japanese and has spent almost her whole life in Paris with adopted parents She has money; huge amounts arrive regularly from JapanLondon society toasts the couple w

  3. says:

    What a delightful book Pure serendipity that I read it found an old Penguin in a charity shop and bought it just because it was about Japan where I've been recently First published in 1921 by a diplomat and someon

  4. says:

    Frank Trelawny Arthur Ashton Gwatkin 1889 1976 was an author who wrote under the pseudonym John Paris He was also the British Ambassador to Japan in the 1920s and accompanied Crown Prince Hirohito to Great Britain in 1921 Later he was with Chamberlain in Munich in 1938 during the appeasement of Hitler as the Nazis were ab

  5. says:

    Een heel mooi verhaal opgebouwd rond de clash tussen Oost en West aan het begin van de 20ste eeuw In tegenstelling tot andere commentaren vind

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this curious book from the early 20th century full review herehttp0651frombrightonblogspotcou

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