The Country of Cherry Blossoms

Clara’s great love in Kagoshima

1872. Clara Winterfeld has left Berlin, abandoning her violent husband, Franz. She and her daughter Celia are safe now, living on board an old tea clipper. Yet all Clara wants is to be in Japan, working in a tea garden with the love of her life, Akeno. Only then can she fi nally be happy. But when Akeno doesn’t come to the port of Nagasaki to meet her, as arranged, Clara can sense something is wrong. And so she sets out, alone, to find him.

She soon finds him strangely changed, brooding in his tea garden… which has been destroyed by a fire. He seems to be haunted by a dark secret, and Clara can’t help but feel that she and her daughter are not safe here.