Califonia Bountiful

Okei-san: The Girl from Wakamatsu

July/Aug. 2007 California Country magazine

Driven from Japan in 1869 by war, a hardy group of immigrants arrives in California hoping to establish a tea and silk colony. At first they’re successful, but some bad turns send most of the would-be settlers back to Japan. Left behind with a small group is a remarkable young woman. Okei-san: The Girl from Wakamatsu is a historical fiction novel from award-winning author and California Farm Bureau Federation member Joan Barton Barsotti. $11.95. Order through local booksellers or online at

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