JAPANESE-American artist Leo Orii, in collaboration with The Manila Shimbun and Takion, Inc., will be launching his maiden book: “Sampaguita and Gold Button” on Saturday, April 8, at 3 p.m. at the TIU Theater located on Amorsolo Street near the corner of Dela Rosa St., Makati City.
In “Sampaguita and Gold Button”, Orii captures the story of first love and suffering in a Japanese-occupied Philippines during World War II.
A tapestry-maker and painter, the author uses his mastery of the visual art to color his story with fictional characters, bringing romance between a Japanese sailor and a lass from Cebu amid the flames of war.
This is one of very few books that offer a perceptive, human look at the Japanese side of the story of that Great War.
The launch organizers wish to invite the reading public to listen to Mr. Orii speak about his book. A book-signing session will follow. The launch is open to the public and copies of “Sampaguita and Gold Button” will be available for purchase there. The author will also be signing copies of his book at the launch.
Please visit the book’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SampaguitaandGoldButton/ for more details, or call Kristine Ira Perez at Tel. No. 478-9410.