A Daughter of the Samurai Author:Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto A Daughter of the Samurai tells the true story of a samurai's daughter, brought up in the strict traditions of feudal Japan, who was sent to America to meet her future husband. An engrossing, haunting tale that gives us insight into an almost forgotten age. — Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto(杉本鉞子) was born 1874 in the province Ec... more »higo in Japan daughter of a samurai from Nagaoka. The breakdown of the feudal system shortly before her birth had a deep impact on the economic situation of her family. Originally destined to be a priestess, she was then engaged, by an arranged marriage, to a Japanese merchant living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Etsu attended a Methodist school in Tokyo as a preparation for her life in the USA. She became a Christian. In 1898 she journeyed to the USA, where she married her fiancÚ and became mother of two daughters. After her husband's death she returned to Japan, but then went back to the USA to complete the education of her daughters there.
Later she lived in New York City, where she turned to literature and taught Japanese language, culture and history at Columbia University. She also wrote for newspapers and magazines. She died in 1950.« less