After just a few days in Japan, Sanger managed to allay the Japanese government's concerns; as one reporter wrote: "Mrs. Sanger's quiet acceptance of any restrictions placed upon her and the complete way in which she behaves as a guest in another country has made for her many friends, even among those prejudiced." Yet Sanger was still able to convey to the Japanese people that she was a strong and determined woman. Sanger's journal entries are particularly effective at illustrating her freedom of movement and the frequent contact she made with other native English speakers.
How time flies here--and how sleepy one becomes in this climate.
Got away to Yokohama to luncheon at Bluff Hotel with Mrs_____. Then to tea at Mrs Pages house--Very delightful group at both places. Talked freely & frankly on b.c. Many delighted with address of yesterday & said "it put it over." Mrs Page an influence here but inclined to be sceptical.
A group of American & English women very friendly, but conservative. Mrs Pearse is refreshing, a friend of Lillian Fassetts so, she would be. Hurried back to Tokyo for tea at American Embassy. Mr & Mrs Warren. It was late & only few callers left when we arrived.
Dinner at Ishimotos with
[p. 26]Mr B. Suzuki, Japans labor leader Prof Abbe who is a professor of Economics at the W[aseda] University worked more than ten years on study of b.c. Dr Kaji a gynecologist who has worked more than 20 years along the same line. These three men agree on principles and have formed nucleus of a good substantial Birth Control League here.
Very sympathetic group & it is very possible if this group work together very big things may come out of Japan.
I was interviewed by Osaka concerning the "Poetess" and her tragic story. Akiko Yanagiwara author of Fumi-e pen name Byakuren I said I believed love to be the only
[p. 27]natural & right bond to hold people together, that she was a poetess & a genius & should be given greater latitude than ordinary drudge women. She, like Shelly & Byron & Goethe, would be misunderstood in this age, but their conduct was but a passing remark while the poetry of these great souls lived on, past all the changes of standards & convention & then misconduct forgiven & forgotten because of their greatness.
"She is a bad example to the women of Japan" the reporter said. Yes that is what was said of Vashti & why she was dethroned. But her punishment did not stop womans rebellion. It never will. "She is an encouragement & inspiration not only to the women of Japan but to the women in all the world" I said. Reporter was pleased & said he must [text ends]