Naoko Abe presents her elegant life of Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram, the Englishman who saved Japanese blossoms (sakura). She includes an account of the final hours of the young Kamikaze pilots in
WWII, revealing how ‘the military regime… used the cherry blossom as part of its perverted ideology’. Her book references local connections including Campden’s Ernest Wilson, Batsford Arboretum and
Hidcote Manor Garden.
BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
‘You may never look at cherry blossom in the same way again’ The Economist
‘deeply moving book — beautifully written’ The Spectator
‘fascinating, a treat for gardeners, cherry-growers and historians.’ The Financial Times
Naoko Abe, a journalist on the Mainichi, first woman political writer to cover the prime minister’s office, the foreign ministry and the defence ministry, in 1990 represented Japan at the International Women in
Journalism conference in Washington. Now a freelance journalist/writer in London, her essays include a 15-month series about the ‘history of flowers’ in the Mainichi. Lucy and the Daffodils, voted one of
Japan’s best essays of 2011 by Bungei Shunju, was re-published in the book Ningen Wa Sugoina (Amazing Human Beings).
This event is sponsored by Geoffrey and Kathryn White, Westcote House