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Last Boat to Yokohama tells a story of both tragedy and grandeur in the 20th century. It recounts the life and work of Beate Sirota Gordon: the influence of her father, Leo Sirota, one of the greatest pianists of his generation; her secret work ensuring women’s equality while helping to develop the post-WWII Japanese constitutionat the age of 22; her broad influence on hundreds of Western artists such as Robert Wilson, David Byrne and Peter Sellarswho were introduced to leading contemporary Asian music, dance, theater and visual artists through her extraordinary cross-cultural efforts. The book relives Beate's drive, talent, ambition, and influence, with intimate diary excerpts from her mother, an introduction by Beate herself, and an afterword from her daughter, Nicole.
Nassrine Azimi is a senior adviser at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Hiroshima and co-founder of The Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative. She co-edited publications on UN peacekeeping and is a frequent contributor the The New York Times. She lives in Hiroshima. Michel Wasserman is the former director of the Kyoto French Cultural Institute and is currently Professor at the College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University. He has written extensively on Japanese arts and culture. He lives in Kyoto.