Book Review: The Samurai’s Tale

The Samurai's Tale by Erik Christian Haugaard

The Samurai’s Taleย 
byย Erik Christian Haugaard

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Taro’s family are all killed by invading soldiers, but the captain saves young Taro alive to be a servant. Taro vows to become a samurai, and regain the wealthy position his father once held. He begins as a lowly kitchen boy, but quickly is placed in higher positions of trust. He gains the respect of men in power and slowly rises in the ranks to follow his dream, but the shifting wars in Japan threaten to destroy everything he knows. Continue reading

Gift from Japan

To thank me for all the books I’ve sent them over the years, a sweet missionary family in Japan just sent me this lovely Japanese lantern that depicts traditional cormorant fishing. So beautiful, and I will cherish it all my life! There’s also a little bell that hangs inside. So sweet!
I only wish I could read the Japanese on the labels. Who reads Japanese? What does it say?