Heart of a Samurai
In 1841, a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Japan’s borders remain closed to all Western nations, so the crew sets off to America, learning English on the way.
Manjiro, a fourteen-year-old boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about...more
Not to say that it is too old-fashioned. I think this book is good enough and fast-paced enough to be interesting to modern children. I know kids in my classes would have enjoyed it if they'd been forced to re...more
Although Heart of a Samurai didn’t deal with the Samurai aspect as much as I’d hope for, it concentrated on something better. Going after what you want and believing in yourself even when no one else does. Seeing the main character struggle for so long to go after a goal, as well as see the results (whether good or bad) was a huge...more
Japan during this time was almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. They allowed no o...more
Japan will soon close the chapter of their 250 year isolation, a society so closed that foreigners can be put to death merely for appearing in Japanese ports. But as the story opens, this isolation rules the day and the Japanese native Manjiro, later named John Mung by his whaling ship rescuers, is shipwrecked off the Japanese coast beyond the point of return. He and his castaways find...more
The year is 1841 and as strange as this may seem to us, the country of Japan had a really isolationish view of the world back then. That means that they just wanted to be left alone. They did not want any influences from outsid...more
2. " Heart of a Samurai" is a book that is based Japanese ship wreck in 1841 and saved by an American ship , the book is filled with adventure . Manjiro, a 14 year old Japanese boy is at the heart of the story .
a. This book is filled with adventure and different cultures . The book is based on historical accounts of Manjiro who is thought to be one of the first Japanese to visit America at a time when the country was still young . In the book Majiro must make a...more
In the midst of this, Manjiro, a poor 14-year-old Japanese boy is shipwrecked when the fishing b...more
I REALLY enjoyed this book. I would’ve been happy if this...more
I adore a good sea adventure, so I particularly rel...more
It's 1841 and Japan is the greatest country in the world, so they say. Stories are told of the horrible beasts that inhabit the West. When Manjiro and his fellow fishermen are swept out to sea in a great...more