Born in Hokkaido, Jun'ichi Watanabe became interested in literature in high school. After graduating at Sapporo Medical University, he worked as an orthopaedic surgeon, but in 1969 he resigned his post and moved to Tokyo to pursue a full-time career as a writer. The recipient of prestigious literary awards such as the Naoki Prize and the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize, Watanabe has written numerous scientific texts as well as biographical books and works of fiction, many of which have been made into films.
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As a young girl from a wealthy family, Ginko Ogino seems set for a conventional life in the male-dominated society of nineteenth-century Japan. But when she contracts gonorrhoea from her husband, she suffers the ignominy of divorce. Forced to bear the humiliation of being treated by male doctors, she resolves to become a doctor herself in order to treat fellow female sufferers and spare them some of the shame she had to endure. Her struggle is not an easy one: her family disown her, and she has to convince the authorities to take seriously the very idea of a female doctor, and allow her to study alongside male medical students and sit the licensing exam. Based on the real-life story of Ginko Ogino – Japan's first female doctor – Beyond the Blossoming Fields does full justice to the complexity of her character and her world in a fascinating and inspirational work of fiction.
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A fictitious look at the life story of Ginko Ogino, the first female doctor in Japan.Born to a wealthy family in Japan in the early 19th century, Ginko Ogino, had no inkling of how her life would change when she first came back to her family home, after being infected with gonorrhea by her husband of one year. Sent to the hospital in Tokyo for treatment, she is shocked and humiliated at her treatment at the hands of the doctors and medical students. She ostracizes herself by seeking a divorce from her husband and has to live with the stares from the villagers and her family's disapproval.Vowing to become a doctor herself so that other females would not have to continue suffering such indignities at the hands of male doctors,she sets out to gain the education she needs in order to gain entry into a medical college. This is a story of a courageous and determined woman, for in male dominated Japan, a woman wanting to be more than a teacher was unheard of. She suffers not just societal presssures to conform, but the pressure of being disowned by her own family for wanting to enter into the medical field.Gaining entrance into a medical college, she is further hampered by resentful male students who consider her a trespasser into the male domain,and harrass her unmercifully.Despite the many obstacles in her way, she eventually gains her medical degree and receives her certification to practice. As her fame grows, she paves the way for more females to enter into the medical profession and offered internships to many who were in the same financial straits that she was in when she herself was a student. Her life, even after she became a successful medical practitioner, was not an easy one. The disease was to plague her for the rest of her life, and she carried a deep resentment against the male gender for many years, despite forming a few platonic but caring relationships with some men in her life, until finally she falls in love with a younger man and marries him, inspite of universal disapproval from everyone whose opinions she held dear. She was a woman of compassion but perhaps because of her struggles to build a life for herself without conforming to social dictates, she held others to almost unbending standards that many failed to meet. She was no less stern on herself and till the end of her days, she sought to provide public service to improve and enhance the position of women in society.
This is a very well written and entertaining account of Japan's first woman doctor and her struggles to become one. The story starts with Ginko leaving her husband and returning to her parent's with gnorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease, courtesy of the husband. Back then, there was no cure so Ginko suffered much. She seeks medical treatment and realizes the dire need for women doctors after undergoing the uncomfortable and rather degrading physical exams performed by male doctors. Unfortunately, Ginko lived during a time and place where women were not welcome in medicine. She perseveres and struggles and it pays off in the end. I loved her guts and courage to do what she did, even after her own family disowned her. I was also touched that after fighting with and hating men most of her life, she finally opened her heart to one man. Truly a story of hope. My only complaint is towards the end, the detail of her husband's Christian colony became boring. Something I did like tho, the way the author sometimes explained what was going on in the times without once losing the novel's personal feel.