"My father came to Tokyo from Karuizawa to meet me," wrote Beate Sirota Gordon in a message to me, which she sent several years before her death in 2012 at age 89. "He looked gaunt and undernourished. ... My mother did not come because undernourishment had caused her to swell up, and she was ill in bed. So I went with my father to Karuizawa. It was a tearful but joyful reunion."
Last Boat to Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon, by Nassrine Azimi, Michel Wasserman and Beate Sirota Gordon