The story of 16-year-old Riyo who journeys to Hawaii in 1918 to marry a man she has never met, except through photographs and letters they have exchanged. Hoping to escape a troubled past and to start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age and Hawaii is not the paradise she expected. As Riyo comes to terms with her new home, she discovers a land full of hardship, struggle--and unexpected joy. Written by
Hawaii, 1918. She left Japan for a man she had never met, in a new world she couldn't imagine... America.
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You're so lucky you got a nice country wife.
Kana too good for me. Every time she looks at me with those tired eyes, she makes me so mad. I feel like a failure.
I don't deserve Riyo, either. If we had stayed in Japan, we would still be miserable millet and barley farmers.
[hitting Matsuji playfully
What kind of Japanese are you, to say that?
I AM Japanese!