Manjiro, the Castaway
by M. Ibuse & Translated by H. Kaneko



1947 - John Manjiro (John Mung)

Ibuse, M.
Overton, Douglas (introduction)
Kaneko, H (translator):
John Manjiro, The Castaway, His Life and Adventures, Japan, 1947 (Showa 22), Nichi-ei Bunka Kyosha (the Anglo-Japanese Cultural Corp), 12mo (5 x 7 1/2 in), paper wraps, pulp type paper text pages, 136 pp. A translation of M. Ibuse's account of John Manjiro's (aka John Mung) life from his shipwreck, rescue by the American Whaler, the John Howland out of New Bedford Massachusetts under Captain Whitfield, life in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and eventual return to Japan via Okinawa. Manjiro was present in Japan when Perry Expedition arrived (1853-4). Because of his knowledge of the English language and American culture, he was appointed to important government positions and he advocated greater foreign trade and commerce. There is no indication, however, that Manjiro was directly involved in the negotiations between Perry and the Japanese government regarding the opening of Japan. There is an introductory note by Douglas Overton, St Paul's University, dated November, 1940. The colophon indicates a printing and publication date of 1947. I presume the publication was delayed by WWII. A rather unique translation of an account of Manjiro's life as written by a Japanese author (M. Ibuse).

Table of Contents

At the Mercy of the Waves ... Page 1
On a Lonely Island ... Page 13
Farther and Farther ... Page 28
Before the Mast ... Page 46
A Shattered Hope ... Page 62
Here and There ... Page 73
Home at Last ... Page 90
The Dawn of an Era ... Page 114
After Years ... Page 127

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Printed and Destributed in Showa 22 (1947)


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