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Rivah Visitor's Guide

One Woman's Opinion

Order Mary Buxton’s books
imageLife and love in the rural tidewater area of Virginia is a common thread that runs through nearly all of Mary Wakefield Buxton's books. The push and pull of old and new, North and South, man and woman, life and death, are discovered, illuminated and reflected upon in each of them. Such is the heart and soul of a writer.


A year in Japan: 1964, Part 5
We could not have asked for a better day as we started out for Kamakura, the home of the great Buddha, Daibutsu. The sun was out in full force and the winding road up the coastline of Sagami Bay was a glorious mix of sparkling blue water and distant muted green mountains.


A Year in Japan: 1964, Part 4
image“Ohayou gozaimasu!” is “good morning” in Japanese. It was my first Japanese expression and I said it to everyone I met in my village with an ecstatic look. Any language that had “Ohio” in it must be a great language.


A Year in Japan, 1964, Part 3
Not having hot water, sheets, a real kitchen, food, pots and pans or even matches, plus an 11-hour time change, had somewhat marred pleasure of my arrival to Japan. The next morning we headed to the U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka for supplies and to arrange for delivery of our personal belongings.


A Year in Japan: 1964, Part 2
imageThe first problem after landing in Japan was to learn the money system. Chip immediately made me aware there were approximately 360 yen to one dollar. “Even if everything sounds outrageously expensive, it will probably be affordable after conversion, he advised.


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