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Cherry Blossoms, Sushi and Takarazuka
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...a very impressive piece of work. Editor, Robert Hale Ltd. Publishers, London I have read many books about Japan but none get under the surface as well as yours. As we are doing so much business with Japan I am getting my colleagues, who deal with our Japanese customers, to read it and they all say how much insight it gives them into the Japanese people and their culture. Robert Ettinger, Managing Director, Ettinger London Jill Rutherford has achieved a difficult feat. To write a memoir that informs, entertains, and sustains the interest of the reader from the opening paragraph to the flicker of the last page. Her insight, wit and dry humour is sprinkled liberally throughout, as she weaves a sumptuously rich panorama that opens up the mystery and fascination of Japan. Her narrative is all at once eloquent, empathic, funny, historical and sad. A wonderful memoir and testament to the power of hard work and self-belief. Zara Luther, Author I absolutely loved this book. It's very funny and totally enthralling. I learned so much about the life and culture of Japan. Jeffrey Holland, Actor A unique book, beautifully detailed and incredibly insightful. Tara Gould, Author Your book is an absolute delight. You claim in your introduction that the book is not meant to be an academic book nor an analysis of Japanese culture. I disagree. I believe that what you have given us could well be an important account of that society from a woman's standpoint and as such represents a valuable text book. I think you've produced a right little gem. John Martin Somers, Author Your writing so accurately describes the little bits of Japan I have experienced that it's easy to understand those parts I haven't seen. I am full of admiration for your achievements and for the quality of your writing and the storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will recommend it to all my friends. Hilary Anderson The intriguing title of this book combines familiar and unfamiliar aspects of Japanese culture (I have to admit I'd never heard of Takarazuka) and was a fitting overture to her compelling account of seven years of total immersion in that country. It was compulsive reading, sensitive, insightful and honest, including accounts of her own faux pas and culture shocks as she followed her unusual dream. I'll be recommending this book. Debbie Young, Author I just couldn't put this book down. It was totally absorbing and fascinating. I could see behind the masks and discover some of the real people of Japan with their feelings on show. The author's insight into Japanese culture is absolutely fascinating and the book tumbles you along effortlessly. Also, the author's own story was just as fascinating and intriguing. Altogether a very impressive book. Jac Lerwill, Australia I haven't been able to put this book down. It is an extraordinary book. Thank you for letting me experience Japan through your eyes. Thank you for letting me meet your Japanese friends. Just thank you for a wonderful read. Ella Harris

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