Beyond the Blossoming Fields - Jun'ichi WatanabeRichmond: Alma Books, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
First British Edition. [First Published: Tokyo, Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 1970, as Hanauzumi].
From the cover: “As a young girl from a wealthy family, Ginko Ogino seems set for a conventional life in the male-dominated society of nineteenth-century Japan. But when she contracts gonorrhoea from her husband, she suffers the disgrace of divorce. Forced to bear the humiliation of being treated by male doctors, she resolves to become a doctor herself in order to treat fellow female sufferers and spare them some of the shame she had to endure.
Her struggle is not an easy one — her family disowns her, and she has to convince the authorities to take seriously the very idea of a female doctor and allow her to study alongside male medical students and take the licensing exam. Based on the real-life story of Ginko Ogino — Japan’s first female doctor.”