Here is the story of Jose Rizal and Seiko Usui.
JOSE RIZAL – Here is the month-long love story of our national hero Jose Rizal with the Japanese and a Samurai’s daughter Seiko Usui.
In his list of the woman who captured our hero Jose Rizal, among them is the Japanese and the Samurai’s daughter O Sei San or Seiko Usui whom he fondly called before as Seiko. He met her during one of her afternoon walks and immediately asked a Japanese gardener who she is as he got charmed right away by her. She can talk both in English and French, hence, the start of them conversing and bonding.
She became his generous tour guide as she took him to Japan’s shrines, parks, universities, and other interesting places like the Imperial Art Gallery, Imperial Library, and the Shokubutsu-en (Botanical Garden). Along with it, she also taught him to speak their language. Thus, he fell in love with her which is not quite surprising already, right?
However, after a month, on April 13, 1888, he left with the fact of not seeing her ever again. In 1987, she married Alfred Charlton, British chemistry teacher of the Peer’s School in Tokyo. They got a child and she died on May 1, 1947, at the age of 80 placed beside her husband’s tomb at Zoshigawa Cemetery.
In his diary entry, this is what he wrote when he decided to leave Japan and Seiko after a month of bliss staying in there and being with her:
“Japan has enchanted me. The beautiful scenery, the flowers, the trees, and the inhabitants – so peaceful, so courteous, and so pleasant. O-Sei-San, Sayonara, Sayonara! I have spent a happy golden month; I do not know if I can have another one like that in all my life. Love, money, friendship, appreciation, honors –these have not been wanting.To think that I am leaving this life for the uncertain, the unknown. There I was offered an easy way to live, beloved and esteemed…”
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