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"Chain of Tears" intricately weaves a tale that spans Japan's historical epochs, shedding light on the cruel fates of women ensnared in a sinister cycle of exploitation.

From the tranquility of the Edo period to the upheaval of the Imperial era, this book immerses readers in a world where daughters are bartered like mere possessions and the commodification of women is sanctioned by law.

Within the seductive elegance of the pleasure quarters lies a grim truth— women are dehumanized and their voices are silenced out of reverence for their parents.

Explore this moving story that fearlessly tackles the stark reality of a society where women exist solely to fulfill the desires of men.

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ISBN 979-8-8692-1947-3

March 31, 2024

"An in-depth look at the harrowing darker side of courtesan life of women in Japan through the ages..."

-Alexa Kang

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Bio

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KRISTINE OHKUBO is a Los Angeles-based author whose work emphasizes topics related to Japan and Japanese culture. During her childhood in Chicago, she cultivated a deep reverence and affection for Japanese culture, people, and history. Through her many travels, she has gained unique insights into this fascinating country, which she shares in her books and various writings.


Published in 2016 (revised edition in 2022), her debut book was an anthology of numerous travel blog articles pertaining to Japan. In 2017, she released a historical examination of the Pacific War, focusing on the perspective of Japanese and Japanese American civilians living in Japan and the United States when the conflict began. Two years later, she supplemented her earlier works with the account of an infamous twentieth-century geisha who was both the aggressor and the victim, enduring a strict patriarchal culture and a rapidly changing social system. 2019 marked the publication of Sakhalin, a sequel to her 2017 book, The Sun Will Rise Again. With an emphasis on the tragic events that took place in August 1945, this book examines the far-reaching effects that the island's transfer of ownership had on its inhabitants and resources.


Kristine shifted her attention in 2020 to rakugo, the 400-year-old Japanese narrative art form. She released two books, Talking About Rakugo 1: The Japanese Art of Storytelling followed by Talking About Rakugo 2: The Stories Behind the Storytellers. By employing a combination of biographical information, anecdotes, interviews, and rakugo scripts, the author offers an exhaustive account of the enduring nature of this traditional art form. In 2022, Kristine contributed her editorial skills to an additional rakugo book authored by English rakugo storyteller Kanariya Eiraku and entitled Eiraku's 100 English Rakugo Scripts (Volume 1). Following its publication in August, she undertook a reevaluation of a work that she had authored and published three years prior.


Asia's Masonic Reformation: Freemasonry's Impact on the Westernization and Subsequent Modernization of Asia, first published in January 2019, delves into the historical significance of Freemasons as catalysts of change in Asia and other regions. By presenting compelling historical evidence and specific examples, the revised second edition establishes that Freemasons had a significant impact on progress, enlightenment, and modernization. This is accomplished by conducting exhaustive research while ignoring the proliferation of false information and conspiracy theories that have developed over time.
Kristine, a dedicated rakugo devotee, realigned her focus towards the art form in 2023. She released a collection comprising her own unique English rakugo narratives and contributed to the editing and publication of Eiraku's 100 English Rakugo Scripts (Volume 2). 


As an author, Kristine believes that writing from other cultural perspectives encourages empathy and understanding, and at the same time it broadens our knowledge of the events that have unfolded over the years.
 

Reviews

Asia's Masonic Reformation...

 

Kristine Ohkubo brings her penetrating exploration skills to reveal the Freemason’s spread and influence in East Asia. Typically with this writer, her ideas are authoritative, well-researched and a rewarding read. It’s an enlightening book for the fresh and tutored reader alike, replete with fascinating facts, interesting historical profiles and controversies.

Mark S. Osaki,
Author of Best Evidence

Fallen Words...

 

 

A truly great read. It is extremely difficult to translate traditional Rakugo into English without losing the important points for example punchline (ochi). Writing new traditional styled Rakugo from scratch is a whole other ballgame, and Kristine has definitely hit a grand slam! I highly recommend this book to anyone. It captures the essence and soul of Rakugo. If you don't know what Rakugo is, you are truly missing out

Katsura Fukuryu,
Kamigata Rakugo Storyteller

Talking About Rakugo 1...

 

 

A fascinating exploration into the traditional Japanese art of storytelling known as 'fallen words'. Kristine Ohkubo deftly describes the history of this unique form of Japanese verbal entertainment in a thorough and compelling way.

Mark S. Osaki,
Author of Best Evidence

Talking About Rakugo 1...

 

From this book, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about rakugo of which I previously knew very little. My wife enjoyed reading about the various rakugo performers she’s listened to on TV and radio since she was young.

 

We both especially enjoyed reading aloud the rakugo scripts which were perfect for evening story time with the family. Each story was short and fun, but also a good way to dive into a discussion of distinctive aspects of Japanese tradition and culture that were highlighted in each one.

Sakhalin...

 

Sakhlin” is a groundbreaking book about a little known corner of Northeast Asia. Well researched and lucidly written, it provides a political and ethnographic review of the island’s tortuous, alternating colonization by the Mongols, China, Japan and Russia, exploring how the local Ainu, Korean and Russian inhabitants struggled in a harsh environment to develop their towns and cultures.

Sheridan Tatsuno,
Author of Created in Japan: From Imitators to World-Class Innovators

Sakhalin...

This book is exemplary in its choice of topic or theme of the story. It is unique but still has strong appeal for most readers in its intended genre. If the book were fiction or narrative nonfiction, it is well plotted. There is a cohesive theme or delivery of information.

Writer's Digest,
2021 Panel Review

Nickname Flower of Evil...

 

Ohkubo’s vast knowledge of Japanese culture and history brings light to truth in her book about Japan’s infamous murderer, Abe Sada. Displaying her gift with words, the talented author makes us understand that Abe was no cold-blooded killer, but a victim of the cruel patriarchy ruling her country. The candid love scenes, the heightened sexuality Abe experiences as she searches for someone willing to truly love her, and the shameful powerlessness she silently endures as men make decisions about her body and her life, all help to show us a vulnerable character who was severely abused. When Abe was put on trial for murdering her lover and removing his genitalia, all of Japan was riveted on the tale of this woman scorned as a brutal killer. But Ohkubo’s exhaustive research results in a very different, more empathetic, narrative; and, we readers are breathlessly captivated by Abe’s story from the very first page to the last.

Yayoi Winfrey,
Filmmaker, War Brides of Japan

DC Palter,
Author of To Kill a Unicorn

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