This book was first written in Japanese by Noboru Koyama, and published in Tokyo in 1999. It has been translated by Ian Ruxton, and the copyright is held by the author and translator jointly. This fascinating story, centred on the first Japanese graduate of Cambridge (Kikuchi Dairoku), is intimately connected with Japan's modernization (for which read Westernization). It is told here for the first time in English, and should be of interest to all students of the Meiji era in Japan. The book includes nine black & white images, an introduction, a preface, seven appendices and an index.