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sa'ys the woman, who, until
granted her decree, was the wife
of the Japanese.
And yet the experiment failed.
Why? No need to give the rea
sons of the American girl. When
the glamor of courtship and
honeymoon was gone, and she
was face to face with the realities
of domestic life with a mate of
alien blood, it was borne in upon
her that her husband was unlike
any other man she knew. Her
whole outlook upon life puzzled
and bewildered her. '
"We had many friends," he
said, "American and Japanese.
We had a good home. There
were no worries about money.
We had considered everything
carefully, without hurry. We
thought we would be happy. But
the trouble was deeper than that.
The American ways are not the
Japanese ways. I know that now.
"In Japan girls are taught to
be good wives and mothers
nothing else. They must respect
and obey their husbands. They
must have reverence for their
husband's family and for their
own. There is nothing more
honorable than parenthood in
Japan. There is nothing more
beautiful than old age.
"In this country the women
talk of 'freedom.' They are not
willing that their 'husbands
should choose their friends; they
must make their own. Perhaps it
seems natural and just to you
that a woman should choose her
own friends. It is not the Jap
"In this country marriage is a J
partnership. Wives do not pbey
their husbands. They have no
family pride. They speak with
out respect of their fathers and
mothers. You cannot understand
how terrible that seems to us
"American women have neither
humility nor dignity. They can
not understand how we feel about
their going to theaters and par
ties alone. They talk slang in
On the walk outside the court
room a boy was chatting with a
girl. In parting he pinched her
arm, and she squealed.
"Well, s'long, chicken," said
"S'long, kid," the girl replied.
The inscrutable eyes behind the
glasses of Kenzo Torikai gleamed
in triumph, though he made no
comment. He had made his
"We have different standards
of living," continued the man;
different morals, different edu
cation. I am trying to be fair, as
I know she would be. We tried
to solve the problem, we tried to
be happly together, but we did
Counsel in the case sought
vainly to effect a lasting reconcil
iation. Harry Ballinger, attor
ney for Mrs. Torikai, sums up the
case thus :
"The only mixed marriages
that are happy are those where
either one or the other husband
or wife gives up individuality
entirely and becomes absolutely
subordinate to the other."
Mrs. Torikai, since the separa-