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Chapter 12, 'The Railroad, Part 2'

On April 1, 1922, in a boxcar next to the Milwaukee Road train yard in Deer Lodge, Mizuko gave birth to her 4th child, Saburo. As the...

Chapter 10, segment 2 of 2, 'To Japan'

Finally, on an evening when Kazuichi was out ‘taking care of business’, Mizuko was able to draw her father aside. “I am very concerned...

Chapter 5, 'Lady of the House'

After Sawano’s hurried, modest funeral, Kichinosuke gathered his family around him. “We must all practice gaman, perseverance, to...

Chapter 4, segment 2 of 2, 'And Again'

The helmsman was just casting off when Mizuko clattered onto the small dock. “Sumimasen, excuse me,” she called out as she leapt aboard....

Chapter 4, section 1 of 2, 'And Again'

“Oww, that really burns,” cried Yoshiko, Mizuko’s five year-old half-sister. The arrival of warm June weather had brought an onslaught of...

Chapter 3, 'A Change of Fortune'

For over a fortnight, a dark cloud darkened the Takahashi manor. Mizuko and her siblings fretted as a stream of visitors arrived at all...