After the war ended she went down to Kyoto to help out her brother. But it appears she remained a woman of independent spirit. She and her brother became Christians and in 1875 Yae, now 30 and unmarried, was dismissed from her job as a teacher for her "outspoken approval" of Joseph Niishima's plan to start a Christian School in the ancient capital of Kyoto.
In their book "Ten Against the Storm", Marianna and Norman Pritchard write: "She was not a docile, old-fashioned Japanese lady; she was a fiery dreamer like Niishima. The two set their wedding date for the following New Year season."
We've just launched a series of mission stories in Aji Church bouncing off the Pritchards' list of ten famous Japanese Christians: Joseph Hardy Niishima, Hiromichi Kozaki, Gumpei Yamamuro, Kaji Yajima, Kajinosuke Ibuka, Masashima Uemura, Yoichi Honda, Kanzo Uchimura, Inazo Nitobe, Michi Kawai. But I couldn't resist a separate story for Niishima's wife.
Niishima Jo , incidentally, is perhaps more famous for stowing away on a Boston-bound ship back when it was still a capital offense than for founding Doshisha University in Kyoto!