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Isami Kawamura At Home

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Parent Issue
Day
16
Month
April
Year
1875
Copyright
Public Domain
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A correspondent of the New York Evangelist, writmg from Hakone, Japan, August 29, 1874, thus speaks of Isami Kawamura, a former pupil of the Grammar School and well known to many of our citizeus : I have been at Hakone now for eleven days, and have enjoyed a good rest and many pleasant excursions. My two companions in travel reurned to Yokohama a week ago. Isami Kawamura, the young interpreter whoni I took witli me on my trip, is only fourteen years oíd, and just come back to Japan from America about two months ago. He lias been studying at Ann Arbor, Mich., and evidently was a great pet with bis schoolmatea and associates there ; and I do uot wonder at it, for I quite feil in love with the little fellow when he first carne to my house a few weeks ago. He speaks English remarkably well, and he is withal so polite and sensible, and such a smart little chap, that it was a great pleasure to have him along with us, besides his proving of great service along the route. He was formerly of Shidzooka, having left there three years ago, just betore I went there. He accompanied the embassy in America, and flnally, at Alori's advice, went to Aun Arbor, where he found excellent friends, and has been for a long time past in Mr. W ' private family, where he seems to have been Brought up as a " good boy," and as a good little Methodist withal. It was quite au amusement to us at Kioto, and various places on the route to get him talking about the associations and lots of nice things at Aun Arbor, after which he evidently feit homesick ; for he says he cannot get used to the Japanese things again, as the food, houses, custoins, &c, are entirely foreigu to him, now that he has been so long in a comfortable home in America. He is a little chap, and so charged with a regular school-boy spirit, and uses so many droll uxpressions and American idioms, which I have never heard siuce leaving home, that his tougue, which was like a clatter-box, kept us f uil of fun all the while. He will study hereafter in the youngest class at the Kal Sei Oakko, and hopes that after a course of three or four years there, he may be able to go to America again.

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Old News
Michigan Argus