The Samurai's Garden

The Samurai s Garden A year old Chinese painter named Stephen is sent to his family s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis Here he is cared for by Matsu a reticent houseke
  • Title: The Samurai's Garden
  • Author: Gail Tsukiyama
  • ISBN: 9780641961557
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Samurai's Garden
    A 20 year old Chinese painter named Stephen is sent to his family s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu s secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight MatA 20 year old Chinese painter named Stephen is sent to his family s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu s secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu s generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu s soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.
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  • Gail Tsukiyama

    Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama now lives in El Cerrito, California Her novels include Women of the Silk 1991 , The Samurai s Garden 1995 , Night of Many Dreams 1998 , The Language of Threads 1999 , Dreaming Water 2002 , and The Street of a Thousand Blossoms 2007.


  • Stephen is a young Chinese man from Hong Kong He suffers from tuberculosis, and it is decided that he should join his businessman father in Kobe, Japan for a while His father in turn suggests that Stephen should spend some time in his late grandfather s house in the village of Tarumi where the caretaker Matsu could look after him Initially Stephen feels very lonely and isolated as the capable Matsu is a man of very few words Stephen is separated from friends and family, and he worries about the [...]

  • This novel very much focuses on Japanese culture in 1930 s rural Japan At that time Japan was invading China and savaging China s people and cities Yet life goes on in the rural village pretty much as usual with the exception that all the young men are missing as they are off at war The main character is not Japanese, but a young Chinese man from Hong Kong His father is a wheeler dealer businessman who does much business in Japan as his father before him did So the father inherited a house with [...]

  • NO SPOILERSThis book is beautiful The primary theme is about beauty And then there is a love story too I think beauty is very important in the Japanese culture What really is beauty The tempo is lulling, quiet, and calming This too creates a kind of beauty The concept of beauty is drawn through the lives of the main characters The novel takes place at the time of the Rape on Nanking, when the Japanese were invading and slaughtering the Chinese at the end of the 1930s In contrast, the novel plays [...]

  • 3.5 5The jury s still out on this one, but frankly, I know myself too well to believe that they ll ever return with a definitive answer in hand.Relying simply on gut instinct, I enjoyed the book I have never traveled outside the US, and the cosmopolitan feeling of having aspects of China, Japan, and vague traces of Western culture all wrapped into one story was appealing, to say the least The appeal for me was strengthened by the majority of the story taking place in Japanese landscapes filled w [...]

  • This was an excellent and peaceful book is about a young chinese man who is sent to his parent s summer home at the beach in Japan to recover from an illness The caretaker of the home becomes his life teacher and as the book unfolds he learns about relationships, how to find peace within himself, and about love and loss It is written as excerpts from his journal and so it is from his perspective though we, the reader, are sharing his inner most thoughts and feelings It gave me an insight into th [...]

  • This book was so hypnotic that it put me in a very peaceful place, and I was saddened when the story ended because I wanted to be with these people, to know them all personally Gail Tsukiyama is what I call a poetic writer I hope to read this book again and again in my life I now keep it behind a glass door in one of my bookshelves.

  • Languish for a while in the Tsukiyama s Japanese garden and you may never want to leave The serenity created in Matsu s little haven is contradicted by the military domination of the Japanese over the Chinese and the reclusive leper colony struggling for a peaceful existence in a realm beyond that of war It is to this environment that a young Chinese boy enters into in search of healthier air and soothing salt of the sea As his body begins healing, his emotions are delicately fractured by all th [...]

  • This was a good book, a well told, gentle story, with believable, likable characters, but, for whatever reason, I just never got emotionally involved A solid 3, heading toward 3.5.

  • Beautiful writing The story begins with a Chinese young man going to Japan to recover from a serious illness during the war with China The slow pace about everyday activities while he is being cared for by a Japanese caretaker is meditative I love learning about other cultures and history Definitely recommend.

  • Buddy read with JeannetteOn the face of it, The Samurai s Garden is a beautifully told story of one young man s journey to figure out who he is, a sort of coming of age story But there is really so much below the surface There is an enchanting and poignant love story The reader is shown how beauty can exist in a cruel world There is betrayal, adultery, young love, and two gardens that play a large role as a place of peace Plus other topics I don t want to mention so as not to spoil anything All [...]

  • A gracefully illuminating novel that is tender and as delicate as a first blooming blossom in Spring There is so much to discuss in this story, perfect for book clubs At first it appears so simple, a story of a young Chinese Japanese young man named Stephen leaving his family house in Hong Kong so his younger sister may not get exposed his sickness So he travels to stay at his family s Summer shore side home in Tarumi, Japan to recoup from a battle with tuberculosis He stays with Matsu a master [...]

  • Bad, sentimental, insipid book about a young Chinese man from a wealthy Hong Kong family who is sent to a small village in Japan why to convalesce from TB , only to discover a leper colony named Yamaguchi lol up in the mountains The Japanese are conquering China, but the young man Stephen who loves to call himself Stephen san which he shouldn t do when speaking about himself doesn t really care either for his country, his friends, or his family Neither does he care about his illness, swimming in [...]

  • Have you ever turned off the sound on a video or TV program, and just watched the picture You see things you don t see when you are distracted by the noise That s how this book felt for me quiet and calm enough to expose some details I might otherwise have missed And they were delicately beautiful details.One of my takeaways creating order and carefully tended beauty can help us deal with the ugly and uncontrollable things that exist in our lives.I love this kind of quiet and sensitive writing W [...]

  • A very old fashioned book sweet, slow, peaceful, with a gossamer light style that will not appeal to all It is nearly a fairy tale, and a very gentle one, at that While it takes place during WWII during Japan s massacre of Nanking , very little of the war intrudes This is the author s choice, to show an interlude of the sort that took place for those stricken with TB rather like the middle class Americans who would retreat to the Catskills in the late 19th C early 20th C This is not an earth sha [...]

  • What is it about Japanese books that soothe the soul so well The clean, bare rooms with tatami mats, kneeling for tea, the simple meals of rice and pickled vegetables, the good, pure joy of things being simple and beautiful in a quiet and understated way I can t get enough of this kind of book And these things are physical representations of the writing itself which is clean, simple, elegant, and real I m not finished reading the book yet, but it is completely engaging as it allows me to slip aw [...]

  • I had never read a Tsukiyama book before, but was eager to, as I ve heard such good things about her work She seems to be a little neglected, unfortunately and undeservedly Whilst perusing reviews, I plumped for The Samurai s Garden as my introduction to her work, as I loved the sound of the plot I was incredibly satisfied with this novel There are so many themes which are addressed here illness, family, society, secrecy, difference, loneliness all of which were handled with the utmost dexterity [...]

  • So, for starters, this book sucks Not only is it vapid, shallow, and cliche, it is also factually incorrect I m just going to glaze over my problems with this book, or else I d be writing a novel First off, the way Tsukiyama wrote the Japanese parts bugged me At one point Kieko, Stephen s love interest, is apologizing for how rudely her father acted towards Stephen But instead of referring to her father as Chichi , she refers to him as otousan , which refers to someone else s father, which is in [...]

  • Such a quiet, slow paced book, but yet so much happens A person s life can change so much in one short year.During World War II, a young Chinese man stays at his family s beach house in Japan The war between Japan and China is always in the background of the book, never quite forgotten even though it does not seem to impact the lives of the main characters directly During the course of the year, there are floods and fires, celebrations and funerals, failed relationships and happy reunions.As aut [...]

  • A peaceful and very pleasant read, dealing with leprosy and with nice characters.Because he has tuberculosis, Stephen is sent to a holiday in Japan He has to leave Hong Kong and his family and adapt to a life with Matsu, the silent housekeeper While worring about the war between Japan and China, he discovers that some people in the village caught leprosy.I really enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere As the book was set in the 1930s, there wasn t really technology or speed, letters took weeks or month [...]

  • The Samurai s Garden is a quick read, in journal style, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Nature as Character It has a calming pace This book covers a wide range of topics in human suffering, yet the elder characters are filled with acceptance and devotion It is a lovely story about service.

  • Cannot stop thinking about this book I like Booklist s comment, An extraordinarily graceful and moving novel about goodness and beauty Wonderful and likable characters, beautiful portrayals of settings, and symbolic meaning permiating the book Yin Yang, Death and illness life and healing, earth water wood fire metal.

  • It s harder than I imagined, to be alone I suppose I might get used to it, like an empty canvas you slowly begin to fill.Stephen, a young Chinese man with Tuberculosis travels alone to the family cottage in Japan during WWII Here he lives a quiet life far from war, family and friends The only company he has is the silent Matsu who looks after the house and garden Slowly a beautiful friendship emerges between the two men.Matsu scared away most people with his aloofness, but I was something He se [...]

  • A wonderfully written and poignant story Stephen is sent from China to his grandfather s beach house in Japan It is here that is life becomes entwined with Matsu and Sachi, a leper colony and a young first love with a Japanese girl He learns about the Japanese invasion of China from radio broadcasts and letters from home The characters are amazingly fleshed out, I felt like I really knew them by the end of the book It ended the only way I believe it could have ended This is a coming of age story [...]

  • Gail Tsukiyama is one of my favorite authors Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail understands both cultures In The Samurai s Garden, she portrays a Chinese student who develops Tuberculosis and spends a year in Tarumi, Japan, in his grandfather s summer house in order to recuperate The war between Japan and China begins Not only does Stephen recuperate in Tarumi, but he learns the meaning of life, death, peace, friendship, and love I cried many times throughout t [...]

  • This was a beautifully written book It wasn t fast paced or even had a thrilling storyline It was just so calm and moving, almost like poetry The moral of the story is that no matter how hard or ugly life is It s always worth living and there is always beauty even in the darkest of situations At least that s what I personally got from it The characters were all well written and thought out I Loved this book.

  • A very touching book telling the story of Stephen, a chinese man, who is sent to his family s summer house in Japan in order to recover from tuberculosis There, he meets Matsu, Sachi and Kenzo and how these friendships will change his life forever.

  • The Samurai s Garden is a novel that came highly recommended to me by my sister I had no idea what to expect as she never gave me any hint about the book s content At times, it can difficult to find the most appropriate words to describe how a novel has impacted the reader This is one such novel.I am neither familiar with Japanese nor Chinese culture, therefore, I was intrigued to learn about both Author Gail Tsukiyama has definitely been exposed to both cultures as the daughter of a Chinese mo [...]

  • I m going to give this book three stars, however if I read it again, I will probably give it four.I didn t get into this book at first and I think it may have been so gentle and tender, that I didn t recognize it s beauty at first As I got further into the book, I decided it was very well written, and I became captured by its essence.One passage that I would like to mention The things you remember about a person when they re gone are funny No two people will feel the same way, though usually it [...]

  • While a good read I would have to say this is my least favourite Gail Tsukiyama novel to date While a great story and a touching one like most of her other novels I somehow wanted this story to give me and was expecting it do so only be a little let down in the end I also found fault with the author s attempt to try and non stigmatize leprosy only to add fuel to the stigma such as that lepers skin rot and have a smell of rotting That is just plain not true as lepers skin does not in fact rot no [...]

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