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The Adventures of Otokichi

Vincent Especkerman


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Publication: 26.11.2018 — ...

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Diplomat, translator, trader and accidental hero. This book celebrates the life and adventures of this colourful 19-century Japanese character. Otokichi Yamamoto is a revered historical figure whose life affected not only the people of Japan, his country of birth, but also the global community. His life journey took him through stretches of hope, despair, frustration and opportunity. As it turns out, Otokichi played a major role in the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between the United Kingdom and Japan on 14 October 1854. For his effort, Otokichi received a princely reward from the British Government which he used to settle his family in Singapore. There, he continued to play a powerful role as intermediary between East and West.

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Tasha Nickolson 29.11.2018, 21:00:32

A very nice novel, waiting for more!

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Tasha Nickolson 11.12.2018, 17:56:32

Vincent Especkerman, excited to read more!

Arnold Tan 29.11.2018, 10:46:23

Well written and the storyline progresses smoothly, although greater detail and depth, would have made some parts more interesting, such as daily activities to survive at sea and the time spent with the Makah Indians.

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Vincent Especkerman 29.11.2018, 14:59:39

Arnold Tan, Thank you for your comments Arnold. I pitched this title at 7-12 year olds. The life of Otokichi is already complex and multi-layered. I wanted to avoid the cumbersome details that would drag the story. Still, I did give some details of the tribe's funeral rituals, whaling methods etc. Even the fact that they lived in longhouses (rather than tee-pees). All this information I got from my research. But your comments are noted and appreciated.

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