I would like to congratulate my father for the upcoming release of his book, 新島 襄 : 良心之全身ニ充満シタル丈夫 (ISBN 4-623-04296-0). I received the advance copy today in the mail, and it looks like a fine book. The picture of my father is quite good, a lot better than the photo McGill features on their website. The book is a biography of Joseph Hardy Neesima who, among other things, was the founder of Doshisha University in Kyoto. Neesima illegally departed Japan at a time when Japanese citizens were forbidden to leave the country. He eventually became the first Japanese person to receive a degree at a Western institution of higher education (Amherst College). My father, and by extension my mother, worked very hard on the book and I congratulate them both on their hard work!!!
For all my Japanese readers (all 2-3 of you) who might want to check the book out:
The book will be officially released on April 10, at a price of ¥2500 + tax (¥2625). It is part of the ミネルヴァ日本評伝選 series being published by ミネルヴァ書房 (MINERVA Publishing CO,,Ltd.) Finally, one last piece of information that might be important, my father's name is 太田雄三.
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