Two Go Together (Dogyo ni-nin) 1949 Adele Marie Okamoto ~ hapa/hafu autobiography [Borneo, Singapore, Japan] ~ scarce


Title: Two Go Together (Dogyo ni-nin)

Author: Adele Marie Okamoto

Description: Boards in red cloth with gilt lettering. Minor wear to board edges. Pictorial endpapers. Front inner hinge professionally repaired. Some age toning to pages. Unmarked. Two photographs on plates: portraits of the author and her mother. pp. v, 324, [1].

An uncommon book and memoir of an uncommon woman. Adele Marie Okamoto was the daughter of a Japanese mother and a German father and acquired enough English culture to consider herself British. She relates her experiences during the early part of the century, in Borneo, Singapore, Kobe and elsewhere in Japan. The account relates her quite traumatic childhood, experiences both during and after the time of the first world war, and her mystical inclinations: while lying near death in a hospital, she twice met ''the Sage'' or ''the Great One,'' she is visited by a Buddhist seer, and she regularly pulls wisdom from both Eastern and Western religious traditions.

[The identity of the author is not completely certain; it's likely that she was the wife of the Japanese millionaire philanthropist Chobun Yonezo Okamoto who, in 1937 along with his wife Adele, prospected the founding of a university in Southern California which would promote cross-cultural relations between East and West.]

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: Bunseido
Place: Kyoto, Japan
Year: 1949

Keywords: autobiography, Japan, hafu, hapa, biography, memoir, Chobun Yonezo Okamoto,

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