Author Hana da Yumiko’s parents saw the Japan of pre- and post-World War II. She heard the accounts of the challenges her parents faced and how things have improved in her homeland of Kyushu, Japan. Her new novel, “Isolated Connected Kyushu Island: In a Triangle of Western Influence, Communism and Legends” (published by WestBow Press) draws from her parents’ and grandparents’ real-life accounts.
Yumiko wrote her book with a desire to express gratitude to the people who brought freedom and democracy to Japan. She details the unique history Kyushu, the third largest island of Japan. She explains life on the island and how human rights and equality became a part of life.
Yumiko’s parents watched this change occur as they experienced life with a militaristic government before the Japanese parliament took over. Her father told her of the strict, harsh environment he lived in before the author’s birth. Her mother told her of the inequality women faced daily in the former society.
Yumiko looks back to the days that her father at 9 years of age had training to attack American tanks with bamboo. Yumiko also credits the U.S. with influencing Japan’s government and hopes that American readers will learn how Japanese people like herself feel about the U.S.