Bridge to the Sun Author:Gwen Terasaki Bridge to the Sun is a beautiful, tender, and moving love story: the true account of an international and interracial marriage of a Japanese diplomat and an American girl from the mountains of Tennessee. They were married in 1931, just as tensions between their two countries was mounting, and their constant dream was of a"rainbow across t... more »he Pacific," a bridge of peace between Japan and the United States.
In the following ten years Mr. Terasaki's service with the Japanese Foreign Office took them to Japan, China (where their child Mariko was born), Cuba, and Washington, where they were living at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Mrs. Terasaki describes with rare perception and fine humor her month of internment with the Japanese diplomatic corps at Hot Springs and White Sulphur Springs, the long voyage back to Japan via Africa on the famed exchange ship Gripsholm, and the struggle of the war years in Japan, which were marked with illness and near starvation. After the surrender, Mr. Terasaki, a courageous and brilliant man who had dedicated his life and health to avert the war, was appointed liaison officer between the Emperor and General McArthur, and in this capacity he played a vital part in the postwar relations between the two countries.« less