Last Boat to Yokohama tells a story of both tragedy and grandeur in the 20th century. It recounts the life and work of Beate Sirota Gordon: the influence of her father, Leo Sirota, one of the greatest pianists of his generation; her secret work ensuring women’s equality while helping to develop the post-WWII Japanese constitutionat the age of 22; her broad influence on hundreds of Western artists such as Robert Wilson, David Byrne and Peter Sellarswho were introduced to leading contemporary Asian music, dance, theater and visual artists through her extraordinary cross-cultural efforts. The book relives Beate's drive, talent, ambition, and influence, with intimate diary excerpts from her mother, an introduction by Beate herself, and an afterword from her daughter, Nicole.
|Publisher:||Three Rooms Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Nassrine Azimi has co-founded and now coordinates the Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) Initiative, a global campaign to plant seeds and saplings of trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima worldwide. She established the Hiroshima Office for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in 2003. Azimi has written and published extensively on training, UN peacekeeping, post-conflict reconstruction, and environmental governance. Her op-ed pieces have appeared regularly in the international press. She lives in Hiroshima, Japan.
Michel Wasserman is the former director of the Kyoto French Cultural Institute and of a French “artist in residence” program in Kyoto, the Villa Kujoyama. He is currently professor at the College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University. A Paris III doctor in oriental studies, Michel Wasserman has worked and written extensively on Japanese traditional theatre, especially Kabuki, and has also published various books on the reception of western music in Japan. He lives in Kyoto, Japan.
Table of Contents
Foreword Beats Sirota Gordon i
Beate Nassrine Azimi 1
Leo Michel Wasserman 13
Augustine Augustine (Horenstein) Sirota 31
Legacy Part I Article 24 Nassrine Azimi 43
Legacy Part II Theaters of Asia Michel Wasserman 73
An Interview with Beate Sirota Gordon Nassrine Azimi Michel Wasserman 87
A Tribute Nicole Gordon 113
An Elegy Geoffrey Gordon 123
Preface to Post-Conflict Reconstruction Beate Sirota Gordon 127
Selected Segments of the Japanese Constitutions of February 11, 1889 and of November 3, 1946 131
Afterword Sonia Sotomayor 149
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Extraordinary book about a truly remarkable woman who left a legacy in Japan that lasts to this day by writing an article in the Constitution granting women equality, and later doing everything she could to promote peace through cultural exchange. I especially relished the in-depth interviews with Beate Sirota Gordon. She was a true inspiration.