The Last Sakura: Tales of The Yuta

The Last Sakura: Tales of The Yuta


Author: Ashley K. Nakanishi | Paperback

Have you ever wondered if all those ghost stories and bits of folklore your obaa told you were true?

After the tragic loss of their mother, Kiko and Yuki move to Okinawa to live with their mysterious grandmother. In a new world of language, culture, food and magical arts, Kiko learns she must unlock her mystic destiny as a yuta to avenge her mother's death against the Iron Dragon.

Check out our very own pidgin guerilla, Lee Tonouchi's book review in Honolulu Magazine here.


"Get Pidgin. Get Okinawan mythology. Get Okinawan language. Get wit and wonder. Get so much for love in Ashley Nakanishi's magical, young adult novel, The Last Sakura: Tales of the Yuta. This book is truly one treasure." -Lee A. Tonouchi, Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son

"Ashley Nakanishi's The Last Sakura: Tales of the Yuta is many books in one-a rediscovery of heritage, a homage to an endangered language, a hopeful exploration of grief, and a fantastical, exuberant story about magic in the real world." -Shawna Yang Ryan, American Book Award-winning author of Green Island

"The Last Sakura is one the most memorable and magical books I've read in years. Silva's illustrations give us a glimpse into the Shimanchu world, while Nakanishi's words bring this world to life with passion and pride." -Craig Santos Perez, Habitat Threshold