Pathways: Grade 7 Shipwrecked! The True Adventure of a Japanese Boy Tradebook
Author(s): KH Pathways (Rhoda Blumberg)
The law of the land in Japan read as follows: “Any person who leaves the country to go to another and later returns will be put to death.” When fourteen-year-old Manjiro was working on a fishing boat to help support his family, there was a terrible shipwreck that left him and his four companions as castaways on a remote island, 300 miles away from his homeland. He was heartbroken to think that he would never again be able to go home. So when an American whaling boat rescued him, Manjiro decided to do what no other Japanese person had ever done: He went to America, where he received an education and took part in events that eventually made him a hero in the Land of the Rising Sun.