The early life of martial arts Master Kori Hisataka is vividly portrayed through the eyes of his youngest daughter, Sachiko Hisataka. With a samurai heart and pioneer spirit, he moved off the Japanese archipelago and onto the Asian continent where he lived a life of daring and intrigue. The story begins in 1932 in the newly created puppet state that Japan named Manchukuo. It follows Hisataka and his family through the turbulent guerrilla war, Japan’s defeat, and culminating with the chaotic withdrawal of the Japanese back to their home country. With a tumultuous China as the setting, the author recalls various historical events that led to Japan’s defeat and retreat. In the author’s father, readers are introduced to a devoted martial artist with a broad vision and fearless approach to life. With repatriation completed, Hisataka opened Kenkokan Karate Dojo in Tokyo as a martial arts master. Behind this great man was his wise, strong-willed wife who especially shared her abundant affection with their children. This story is as much a family portrait as it is an historical account of Japan’s foray into continental Asia.