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Blunden found great relief in going out with Aki for a day in Cambridge, cycling from his troubled village home to spend a few hours with her. The distress and misery caused by the estrangement from Mary were such that he often resorted to drink. This strain contributed to strange dreams and hallucinations. He imagined that Mary might be pleased to know that he was suffering so much. After some whisky, he had a dream referring to the tangled triangle of relationships: 'Last night I dreamed that you were riding in a bus with me, when someone touched my shoulder, & it was Mrs M.

I devise and bequeath to Edmund Charles Blunden of the University of Hong Kong all my property whatsoever and wheresoever for his absolute use and benefit and I appoint the said Edmund Charles Blunden to be my Executor. What Aki Hayashi attained in England, though with tremendous difficulty, was none the less a sort of dream for her contemporaries in Japan, whose freedom of action and life-style were severely restricted simply because they were women. The route to an 30 Edmund Blunden and Japan independent career was extremely hard, and most of them withdrew into marriage.

A district of Tokyo where Tokyo University is located. 2. One of the important industrial cities in central Honshu. 3. Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933), educator and cultural interpreter of the Western world. 4. Meiji Era (1868-1912), during which Japan began a rapid process of Westernisation, industrialisation and expansion in foreign affairs. Taisho Era (1912-26). 5. Tomomi Iwakura (1825--83) played an important role in the Meiji Restoration, and was a strong influence on the Emperor. 6. See Takako Yamazaki, Tsuda Umeko, Jimbutsusosho, no.

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