Bridge to the Sun

Bridge to the Sun Bridge to the Sun is a beautiful tender and moving love story the true report of an international and interracial marriage of a Japanese diplomat and an American girl from the mountains of Tennessee

  • Title: Bridge to the Sun
  • Author: Gwen Terasaki
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  • Page: 219
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  • Bridge to the Sun is a beautiful, tender, and moving love story the true report of an international and interracial marriage of a Japanese diplomat and an American girl from the mountains of Tennessee They were married in 1931, just as tension between their two countries was mounting, and their constant dream was of a rainbow across the Pacific, a bridge of peace betweeBridge to the Sun is a beautiful, tender, and moving love story the true report of an international and interracial marriage of a Japanese diplomat and an American girl from the mountains of Tennessee They were married in 1931, just as tension between their two countries was mounting, and their constant dream was of a rainbow across the Pacific, a bridge of peace between Japan and the United States In the following ten years, Mr Terasaki s service with the Japanese Foreign Office took them to Japan, China where their daughter Mariko was born , Cuba, and Washington, where they were living at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor.Mrs Terasaki describes with rare perception and fine humor her months of internment with the Japanese diplomatic corps at Hot Springs and White Sulphur Springs, the long voyage back to Japan via Africa on the famed exchange ship Gripsholm, and the struggle of the war years in Japan which were marked with illness and near starvation After the surrender, Mr Terasaki, a courageous and brilliant man who had dedicated his life and health to avert the war, was appointed liaison between the Emperor and General MacArthur, and in this capacity, he played a vital part in the post war relations between the two countries.

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    • Where do I begin with this book? I am a USA girl raised in Japan for pretty much my whole life, and this book had my emotions going CRAZY. Understanding both cultures in the book and also absolutely loving WWII, I felt everything so, so deeply and even though it takes a lot to get me to cry over books (unless I'm play-acting it out) this book had me tearing up ALL the time. I could hardly read it in public because in the car? Tearing up and my family thinks something is wrong. At the dentist? So [...]


    • Taglines from the 1961 film starring Carroll Baker and James Shigeta:The Story That Had To Be Told! Their love was a bridge between two worlds! I saw the movie while in elementary school and was immediately drawn into the world of the Terasaki family during World War II Japan. It made a HUGE impression. Years later I discovered Gwen Terasaki’s memoir and was intrigued to see that she was an East Tennessee native. Lamar Alexander’s preface to this edition explains that Nissan presented a copy [...]


    • A unique look at World War II. I feel like I learned a lot historically. At the same time, it was a tender glimpse into one family's story - full of romance, struggle and love. She writes in an understated, subtle way that lays the beauty and pain in her story bare. I wish the story had gone on and we could have learned more about what happened next. I was able to find some information on the Internet and plan on watching the movie and docudrama. Great story for historical fiction readers, but i [...]


    • Bridge to the Sun was very interesting. I liked hearing the view of from someone in Japan who was against the war. While it was realistic, I'm glad she didn't go into a lot of detail about the extremely violent parts of the war. This book was not one of my favorites, but it was insightful and had some humor. I liked this book.


    • A truly great memoir. When Bridge to the Sun was published in the late 50s it received rave reviews nationwide. A New York Times best seller, this autobiography was named best non-fiction for 1958 by the Washington Post. Beautifully written and an amazing story.


    • Reading this book about my great-aunt was a journey into the WW2 era from a totally different perspective than any I had read before. My mother's aunt was a woman who lived in two different cultures and threaded that needle rather flawlessly. She was the wife of a Japanese diplomat and a woman of the South. While she wore kimonos, she dreamed of fried chicken. We often have to course our life's path through several mutually exclusive societies and lifestyles. Perhaps Gwen's was the best I've eve [...]


    • I read memoir first and foremost for a good story. At the same time, I hope to find a unique perspective on the world, a viewpoint from a life vastly different from my own. A great memoir will combine both, engendering empathy and entertainment. One of the best I have encountered is A Bridge to the Sun.I originally read Bridge about forty years ago and it made an impression that has stayed with me ever since. Some scenes I could recall vividly while others had acquired a hazy curtain. It was tim [...]


    • An autobiography by an American woman who was married to a Japanese diplomat. They lived in Shanghai, Cuba, Peking and in Japan during WWII. A powerful love story encompassing life in Japan during the war where the author Gwen, her husband and their daughter, Mariko, suffered (along with all of Japan) through periods of near starvation, hardship and fear. A truly fascinating story.


    • The love story of Gwen and her husband Terasaki, a Japanese diplomat, who married in the 30s. Terasaki, or Terry as she affectionately called him, played a pivotal role in attempting to avert war between America and Japan in World War II. Peace between the two countries was his dream, and he attempted to bridge between the two cultures. Terry was devastated when war began but played an important role as a liaison between General MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito in post-war Japan. After Pearl Harbo [...]


    • This book gave me such a new perspective on the Japanese during WWII! I never knew that many, if not most, Japanese didn't even want war with America, that they were not supportive of the militaristic government in power at the time.As someone who loves reading about lives on the homefront during WWII, I was pleased to discover this perspective of the Japanese homefront by an American woman married to a Japanese diplomat. Their life together was fascinating. I had never heard of this book prior [...]


    • I enjoyed reading this book, although it was somewhat superficial. It mainly addresses the relationships between a Japanese husband and his american wife during the Japanese war. She ended up living with her husband and daughter in Japan until well after the end of the war. Their were times in this book I thought that it read like a diary and I'm not surprised that it's out of print. Some times, I actually wondered, if it wasn't embellished a bit, considering they were starving, and than suddenl [...]


    • Remarkable true story of the romance and marriage of a southern belle with a Japanese diplomat in DC during the 1930's. Her husband, at great risk to his career, tried to warn the US President about Pearl Harbor, but was ignored. The family was deported to Japan for the duration of the war. After the war, Mr. Terasaki served as the translator for Gen. McArthur and the Japanese Emperor. This is a fascinating view of a critical portion of our history. I highly recommend it. It's hard to find, but [...]


    • Easy read and unusual historical perspective of small town American girl who marries worldly young Japanese diplomat. Get some of the inside scoop of diplomat life overseas in those times, political workings of WWII U.S. and Japan, learn how Japanese civilians as well as foreigners suffered through the war there and again some of the inner workings of WWII Occupation and early rebuilding of Japan. Now reading the related "Only Woman in the Room" by Beate Sirota Gordon.


    • A Bridge to the Sun is the story of the American wife of a Japanese diplomat before and during World War II. She followed her husband to Japan after Pearl Harbour and gives a fascinating account of the Japanese home front. We are so used to seeing war movies of the screaming sadistic Japanese soldiers torturing Allied prisoners of war. This book gives a whole different picture. Well worth reading.


    • A must read for those interested in WWII between Japan and US. It's always important to learn the impact war has on ordinary people. Rare book about an American wife married to a Japanese diplomat and followed him to Japan after Pearl Harbor. I gave it 5 stars as the writing was not grand (it's more like reading her diary) but worth a good read. Especially those who are or have relatives have married Japanese during that time.


    • This simply writen book tells the story of a marriage and family created from an American woman and a Japanese diplomat before, during and shortly after WWII. Within the book is the story of WWII in Japan and the suffering of the people. Also is the beginning of the occupation and MacArthur's Army in Japan. I first read this memoir in high school (a very long time ago)after watching the movie.


    • Moral of the story is that interracial marriage in the 1940s was very difficult--especially if you were a white woman married to a Japanese man. The things this family went through are absurd. Not the most well-written book I've ever read, but I was riveted by the Terasaki family's story of growth and survival in a tumultuous time and place.


    • i found this book in our buildings "exchange" and fell in love with it. she writes very well about marrying a japanese diplomat and the problems during the war. especially as an american living in japan. it was very moving and am so glad i stumbled upon it.


    • I first read this book at least 30 years ago and reread it again. I liked it even more this time because I'm much more familiar with Japan than before. Was sorry to have given away my earlier edition of the book and very happy that it had been reissued.


    • I really liked this book. It mentioned the war a great deal, but it mainly focused on how she, her husband, and their daughter got through it all. At times it was a bit boring, and while it wasn't a page-turner, you could really get caught up in what they went through.


    • I found a first edition of this book signed by the author at a library sale. It is one of my favorite books ever. A haunting story of love, commitment, and the effects of war, it provides a different perspective on World War II. Highly recommended.




    • Fascinating true story of an American woman married to a Japanese man at the outbreak of World War II. She evacuates with him to Japan. The story reveals things little known from the war.





    • A Japanese diplomat marries an American from Tennessee and is stationed in Washington at the time of Pearl Harbor.


    • A reminder that interior family relationships always trump the requirements of the state. An interesting read throughout.



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