My Younger Days
Neesima wrote this account of events in 1885. It was first published in the US by the Joseph S. Hardy in 1890. A review of the Hardy book published in the New Englander and Yale Review in 1891 can be found on-line here. This was followed in 1934 by this publication. While this is stated to be the 11th edition, I have only seen reference to the 1st edition in 1934 and this edition.
Joseph Neesima as born in 1843 in the Tokyo area. As a youth he witnessed the events surrounding the Perry Expedition to Japan. He developed a strong desire to travel and this led him to leave Japan in 1865. He is sometimes referred to as the "Japanese Robinson Crusuo." This apparently is based upon the fact that as a youth he read Robinson Cursuo and that inspired in him a desire to travel outside of his own country. In the United States he graduated from Amherst College in 1870 and Andover Theological Seminary in 1874. He returned to Japan at the end of 1874. In 1875 he established the Doshisha English School in Kyoto and that ultimately became what is now known as Doshisha University. Joseph Neesima died in 1890 leaving a rich legacy of accomplishments both in his native land and the United States.
For an excellent chronology of Neesima's life, I recommend you visit the one on the Doshisha University web site.
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