Sword and Blossom: A British Officer's Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman

Sword and Blossom A British Officer s Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman Arthur Hart Synnot a third generation British officer was sent to Japan in to learn the language of Britain s newest ally Masa Suzuki a beautiful Japanese woman scorned because of an early div

  • Title: Sword and Blossom: A British Officer's Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman
  • Author: Peter Pagnamenta Momoko Williams Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • ISBN: 9781449897642
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Arthur Hart Synnot, a third generation British officer, was sent to Japan in 1904 to learn the language of Britain s newest ally Masa Suzuki, a beautiful Japanese woman scorned because of an early divorce, worked at the Tokyo Officers Club The two fell immediately in love and conceived a son before Arthur was whisked away by the military during WWI Though Arthur wouldArthur Hart Synnot, a third generation British officer, was sent to Japan in 1904 to learn the language of Britain s newest ally Masa Suzuki, a beautiful Japanese woman scorned because of an early divorce, worked at the Tokyo Officers Club The two fell immediately in love and conceived a son before Arthur was whisked away by the military during WWI Though Arthur would only see Masa little, he supported his Japanese family and kept alive the hope that he and Masa could live together blissfully.

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  • Peter Pagnamenta Momoko Williams Robert Ian MacKenzie

    Peter Pagnamenta is a writer and social historian who lives in London He is the author of Sword and Blossom A British Officer s Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman.

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  • Love, devotion and war have always made for strong ingredients in the sort of humanistic story that is a pleasure to read, and that holds true for this tale of heartbreak about a man and a woman from two separate nations during wartime. The fact that this is a love story involving two of the most reserved nations of people in recent history - a British man and a Japanese woman - is amazing in that the story is even in the least bit intriguing. This trial of unrequited love wouldn't even have com [...]


  • This one was a real heartbreaker of a story, and even more, it is a true one. Arthur Hart-Synnot arrives in Tokyo in 1904 to learn the Japanese language and seek advancement in his career as a military officer. One of the people that he meets is Masa Suzuki, a young woman who is forced to work in a bar after a divorce. Both he and Masa form a deep friendship that becomes more, and when Arthur is sent to Manchuria as an observer, he asks Masa to write to him. Soon they are exchanging letters, ful [...]


  • It starts out good as a budding/forbidden romance, but the cowardly and spoiled aptitude of the British officer ended up pissing me off.


  • I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It is well researched and well written book. However, my opinion of Arthur and Masa oscillated continuously. Their love story fascinated me but her reluctance to leave Japan confused me. Of course, I am forming conclusions based on the ethics & morals of modern times and my own life experiences. And then when Arthur married Violet and more or less abandons Masa via letter - oh -was I irate. And let's not even discuss his ambivalence towards his [...]


  • Based on the hundreds of letters a British officer writes to his Japanese love, this book provides insight into the ill-fated love between classes and races in the early 20th century, as well as a front row seat for the history of the period. At times the book seems to drag interminably as the officer, Arthur Hart-Synot, repeats his love for his darling. There was a book based on Masa's letters as well, and it would have been interesting to include her point of view, which we see only from his r [...]


  • To describe this book in one word I would call it sad. No happy endings here. I found the greater overall descriptions of Japan, and the lead up to it’s involvement in WWII to be interesting and instructive. As to “lonely Arthur” and Masa’s story, it seemed that nothing went right for them, or their sons.


  • More people are going to read my review of Sword and Blossom, than will actually read Sword and Blossom. So I'll attempt to rise to the occasion.I really like stories of the 19th century British empire, like Orwell's Burmese Days. I'm sure that's how "Sword and Blossom" ended up on my bookshelf. " recommends Sword and Blossom"I started this book a couple of years ago, and took a break to read something more interesting. That was then, this is now: 2012, the year of clearing out the backlog of fi [...]


  • 'Sword and Blossom' is subtitled 'A British Officer's Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman' but in light of what Arthur Hart-Synnot actually does to his Japanese love, one can't help wishing the authors had been a little less dispassionate and more carefully non-partisan, and had actually examined that crucial decision in Cannes in 1919. Why did Authur do what he did? The authors skate round the reasons, and their lack of analysis spoils an otherwise excellent book. One is left wondering if Arthur [...]


  • Sword and Blossom: A British Officer’s Love for a Japanese Woman – Pagnamenta /Williams3 starsThis is the true story of the unlikely love affair of a British Army officer and a Japanese woman. In 1904 Arthur Hart-Synnot was sent to Japan to learn the language of a new British ally and to observe action in the Russo-Japanese war. It is at this time that he falls in love with Masa Suzuki. The story of this unique relationship has been reconstructed from the more than 800 letters found preserve [...]


  • I read this about 18 months ago but this one continues to resonate for me. As young lovers in turn-of-the-century Meiji era Japan they committed to each other's hearts and that remains throughout their lives. But it was hard. Part of the fascination here is watching how they navigate both each other and the 20th century. Yet, Masa Suzuki was already on the cutting edge as a new breed of young woman who worked outside the home; becoming a lover to a Western man was costly, angering her family and [...]


  • as much as this book is advertised as documentation of letters back and forth between two folks, Sword and Blossom seemed more like an indirect history book. there is more commentary and explanation about Arthur and Masa's life than focus on their actual writings to each other. this meat in between the "letters" covers Japan's relationship with Great Britain in the early 1900s. there are many great tidbits of book that show what life was like on a detailed scale during the Meiji rule in Japan. A [...]


  • I decided I just didn't have it in me to read a book based on the premise of "Western boy meets East Asian girl, Western boy deserts girl after promising not to." Admittedly, I haven't encountered very many of these in the flesh (ink?), but after reading John Whittier Treat's memoir, it feels like I have. It's sort of interesting to think of Miss Saigon as part of this lineage, though - I never made that connection before.This book does have a possibly useful list of works cited, if I ever feel [...]


  • A wonderful read! I'm a big fan of a book that teaches me some history, geography, etc as I enjoy a vicarious visit with people. This begins in 1904 until both of their deaths in the 1940s. This is a truthful look, I think, at what happens so often between military men and the women who lived in the countries they occupied. The Sword remains a sword, eventually abandoning his wife and children, while the blossom somehow never wilts.


  • Beautiful book - what a love story. The constraints that they allowed into their relationship were really sad - quite the eye opener for a reader in today's society. Definitely proof against the adage that love conquers all.What did I learn from this book? Well, I had no idea Japan and England had an alliance or that Japan was involved nominally in WWI. Also had no idea that Germany occupied part of China. A lot of this history was glossed over in school!


  • 25 May 2010 - This was an amazing story about how the events of your life can sometimes be beyond your control. The historical background was very detailed, and the relationship between England and Japan at the beginning of the 20th century was vividly portrayed. I raced through it.


  • Very interesting! The story is entirely based on real letters between a British officer and his Japanese loveads more like a documentary than a novel. I was sad and mad at the outcome, but that's real life for ya. Learned a lot about England and Japan in the 20th century.


  • I recommend this to everyone! I am loving the Biography section of my local library right now and this is the latest one I have finished! A very tragic story sad at the end but wonderful to read their actual letters and loved the photos!


  • An excellent well written book but the British officer was all talk and no action. His Japanese lover waited and waited for him to return to her. He never made a strong enough effort and it was clear that he didn't love his son that much. It was an interesting story but very frustrating.


  • This book was so sad but so profound. I read it about 5yrs ago but it has stayed with me, the idea that this was real it what makes it so profound. To get up each day having lived through so much is true strength. My heart hurts for her but I'm so glad I read it.




  • A story about love and human frailty. I could wish that the end had been a little less abrupt (more info on Arthur's and others' last years?) but maybe they just didn't have the information.


  • 2006-07 - Sword and Blossom: A British Officer’s Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman. Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams, The Penguin Press, NY, 2006. 368 pagesSuper book. Recommended by my better half and well worth the time. Not a normal read. 80 of the text are the letters which he wrote to her over a 20 year span. However what you will learn by reading this book: A. A very good picture of the workings of race and class in both societies B. The profound changes that Japan went through say [...]


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