by Rin Asada
illus. by Yojiro Arai

Ages 10 UP

Narumi’s father, who is working overseas, boasts that his daughter is a samurai. So somehow she has to get a picture of herself doing martial arts. She chooses kendo and only plans to do enough to get that photo. But it doesn’t take long for her hobby to become a passion, and soon she’s training with her new friends for a kendo competition. A refreshing tale of a young woman rising “head-on” to physical and emotional challenges.

19 x 13 cm, 207 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
First published November 2016