ON OCTOBER 10, 1832, a SHIP NAMED THE Takaramaru sailed from Atsuta to Edo (Tokyo) carrying one hundred tons of rice. It usually took two weeks to arrive in Edo, and when the wind conditions were very good, a ship could make the trip in only three days.

The fourteen sailors on the Takaramaru thought they would come home safely, as usual. But strong winds and storms changed ...
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The Three Sailors

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ON OCTOBER 10, 1832, a SHIP NAMED THE Takaramaru sailed from Atsuta to Edo (Tokyo) carrying one hundred tons of rice. It usually took two weeks to arrive in Edo, and when the wind conditions were very good, a ship could make the trip in only three days.

The fourteen sailors on the Takaramaru thought they would come home safely, as usual. But strong winds and storms changed their lives.

William Bligh, the Bounty’s captain, drifted on the Pacific for forty-seven days, and in Life of Pi by Yann Martel, a boy survived for 227 days. But the Takaramaru, broken into pieces by the storm, drifted on the huge Pacific for 425 days. There was lots of rice to eat but not enough vegetables. Because they lacked vitamin C, many sailors died from scurvy.

Fifteen-year-old Oto, sixteen-year-old Kyu, and twenty-nine-year-old Iwa, a spiritually strong helmsman, survived. Seaweed, packed with vitamin C, and shellfish, which stuck to the ship, saved their lives.

At last, their ship reached land.

What kind of lives would be waiting for them?
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Editorial Reviews

LCDR Ed DeLong
This book is an excellent read about how a group of Japanese find themselves lost after a storm sinks their ship and how they try to return to their homeland in the period before Japan became an open country. The adventures are well told and interesting. Well worth reading.
Jerome Schonfeld
The Three Sailors took me to a time and places that were new to me. For its historical and geographical content alone made it a great read. I have told the author I am looking forward to the movie made from this book.
Kathryn Brownlow
“The Three Sailors is an adventure book that will keep you in suspense. The story of three young Japanese sailors who manage to survive the battering storms that nearly destroyed their boat and set them on a course far from home is a thrilling tale of courage and faith. Based on historical fact, the experiences of the young men are told in a heart-stirring fashion.”
Nancy Hardy
The Three Sailors kept my interest from beginning to end. The detailed descriptions of the settings, characters, their experiences, and emotions touch all the senses. The Gifted way that Midori Bamba writes makes me feel as though I am viewing a movie adventure.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013328181
  • Publisher: Koehler Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Midori Bamba was born in a snow town, Sapporo. She was surrounded by snow from November to March. She thinks that a snowflake is the most beautiful of God’s creation. She enjoyed climbing mountains and skiing.

She came to America in 1973; still she doesn’t like to talk too much. She feels comfortable expressing her feelings through writing.

When she chose a college course, she wanted to take English to be a writer, but she thought that to be a writer was a gamble. She needed a reliable income, so she took a dental hygiene course. She was the oldest dental hygiene student in her class. She didn’t like science; it was extremely hard for her, but she hung on. She depended on the Bible verse, James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will given him.” She stopped eating meat when she was seven. She felt goose bumps when she cut up a chicken. But she dissected a cat in her Biology class.

Now that her children are grown; she is half way retired. The time has come! She enjoys writing more. Writing is her missionary work, her own way through creative writing. Also, she wants to leave her thoughts to her children as they don’t read Japanese. And she has a passion to write.

At first, she met a wonderful editor, Ed Bacon, in the Adult Learning Center in Virginia Beach. The first day of the class, she felt disappointed when he came into the classroom. He looked old and thin like a willow tree. But soon she found out he was the perfect teacher for her. His IQ was high as the sky, and he had patience. Her written English was very poor, so she needed an editor like Ed Bacon. At that time, she felt much more comfortable writing in Japanese than in English. She wrote journals about her dental hygiene school and dental office experience in Japanese, and then translated them into English. Ed Bacon was an English professor, a copy editor of the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and in Charge of Virginia Beach Writers. He edited thoroughly and gave his comments. She was writing even in her dreams at that time. He taught her until two weeks before he died.

After Ed Bacon passed away God has still kept on sending her good editors. She appreciates her many friends who help her with writing as English is her second language.

God also send her John Koehler, a Christian publisher who likes samurai stories. He likes Shogun
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  • Posted November 26, 2011


    "Where do I begin my story?
    I was borne in a tiny seaside town, Onoura, Japan. My father was a very honest man..."

    This is an engaging opening paragraph and set the narrator's voice instantly. There is an intimacy and a connection created from the first sentence, the kind perfectly suited for a first person narrative. There is sometning innocent and authentic about this clean and unflashy opening, soothing readers will like and appreciate. The opening and the first chapter are engaging and set the voice of the piece well. The first chapter continues this throughtout and will hold insterest of the reader.

    Based on a true story, well reserched.
    I believe that this book will make a dramatic movie for all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    From Sayuri

    I thought I would never read a book written in English. But when I started reading "The Three Sailors", I felt happy as many names are so familiar-Iwa-san, Yuki, Genji...and soon I was drawn into this story. I smiled, learned a lot of historical and spiritual things, and at the end I cried. In Japan, English text boks are not interesting, but if "The Three Sailors" would have been used as an English textbook in Japan, I definitely would have loved English. Midori Bamba is a story teller. Many books made me sleepy after three pages, but I read this book up to eighty stright. Pages after pages---I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read her next book! I am also viewing a movie adventure.

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