Translated by Sir Hugh Cortazzi
Published by Global Oriental Ltd
2006 Global Oriental
Hardcover, 150 pages, 137 x 216 mm
ISBN 1-905246-06-4 Yen
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In 1993 Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito
published a memoir about his life and experiences during his two years
at Merton College, Oxford, in the mid-1980s, where he studied the
history of transport on the river Thames, hence the title of this book.
The original Japanese edition (Thames
to tomoni) was published by Gakushuin Kyoyoshinsho to mark the
125th anniversary of the founding of Gakushuin University, Tokyo, which
is the Crown Prince's own Alma Mater.
Now in English translation by former British Ambassador to
Japan, Sir Hugh Cortazzi, this sensitive, engaging and informative
account of English University life, customs and mores -- as seen from
the perspective of a young Japanese student, albeit Japan's heir to the
imperial throne -- is a most welcome contribution to cross-cultural
studies in the broader context; it is also a rare record of a life
lived by one who normally experiences 'life above the clouds' as a
member of the Japanese imperial family.
'It is twenty years since I left Oxford,' notes the Crown
Prince in his Preface, 'but I recall fondly the days I spent there
[1983-85] as if they took place yesterday. What I learned and
experienced whilst I was studying in England during those brief two
years have been of great benefit to me.'
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