PACOIMA — Based on historical events, Juliet S. Kono’s “Anshū: Dark Sorrow” (Bamboo Ridge Press, 2010) is a tale of passion and human triumph in the face of extraordinary adversity, spanning the cane fields of Hawaii and the devastation in Hiroshima.
A pregnant, unmarried Hilo teenager, Himiko Aoki, finds her Hawaii Japanese American identity clashing with Japan’s cultural norms when she is sent to live with relatives in Tokyo in 1941 and becomes trapped there with the outbreak of war. When America drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Himiko finds herself adapting in unexpected ways just to survive.
“Anshū” is Kono’s first novel. Her previous publications include two books of poetry, “Hilo Rains” and “Tsunami Years”; a short story collection, “Ho’olulu Park and the Pepsodent Smile”; and a children’s book, “The Bravest Opihi.” Born and raised in Hilo, she has been a life-long Shin Buddhist, the tradition passed down to her by her grandparents.
A “Meet the Author/Book Talk” followed by a writing workshop, “My Personal Journey in Buddhism,” with Kono will be held Saturday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 9450 Remick Ave., Pacoima.
All are welcome to this free event, which is sponsored by the SFVHBT Buddhist Education Committee. For more information, email [email protected].