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ISBN: 9781608440054
316 pages
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About the Book

Namiko Golden joined a seniors’ writing group in Canal Fulton, Ohio, in 2002. The group consisted of seven to ten amateur writers who met every Tuesday morning. The members took turns in being the leader-moderator, giving the writing assignment for the week. The group enjoyed listening to members read their articles, and then critiquing and discussing them. These meetings have served as a social, intellectual, and creative venue for all the members.

In the six years since 2002, Golden has accumulated close to 150 articles, and she decided to share them with others. As the writing format required, each article stands on its own, but various episodes are arranged in chronological order so the reader can have some sense of the environment the author grew up and lived in. The book also includes many essays and some short stories the author has written. Those are placed in the order as they were written.

Japanese people use seals in place of signatures when filling out any kind of formal document. Each family, therefore, has a seal bearing the family name, and some seals are even registered to prove their authenticity.

When the author was born, her parents had a seal made of crystal to celebrate her birth. The seal bore her first name, Namiko. A seal bearing a person’s first name is never used for official purposes in Japan, and in that sense, this seal was unique. As the author states in her article, a crystal seal bearing her personal name was an extravagant, very impractical, and wholly wonderful gesture her parents made for her coming into the world. It was a gift that left a lasting memory.