This book is a series of studies of people, poetic, mystical, practical and humorous, written by an American missionary who returned to Japan after the war to work and live with the people she had come to know and love when she lived with them before the fury of war had destroyed so much of their lovely and picturesque country and reduced her people to poverty. But she found that the people of Japan had lost none of their courtesy and consideration for others, and that they were meeting the exigencies of the postwar world with courage and ingenuity. Human values and personal charm survived. Mrs. McCartney now writes in tribute to their indomitable spirit which made her return a joy in spite of the destruction of so much she had once admired and loved. The book makes moving reading, and should appeal to a wide public.