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Early international marriages between Japanese men and Western women in post-Meiji 1800s... where could I read about them?
posted by chickencoop to human relations (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The January 1st issue of the New York Seikatsu free newspaper has a nice little article about a Chemist from Japan who helped bring Cherry Trees to New York and DC. (you can read it online [Japanese only] at their website
, page 5 of this week's issue) He fell in love with a lady named Caroline Hitch and married her in 1887. With the Meiji Restoration & the opening of Japan in 1868, I wonder about those early international marriages, and if anyone has written anything about them. I'd love to read memoirs from the Western women who married Japanese men, especially about their first trips to Japan.
I found a little bit about Caroline Hitch's time in Japan
, but I'd love to read more about it, or stories from other women in that situation.
Has anyone read anything interesting about this, online or offline?