Set in eighteenth-century Japan, "The Flower Mat" unravels the story of a young bride born into a traditional family, groomed in the virtues of ideal womanhood, and finally tempered in tragedy brought about by political intrigue. Readers everywhere will find this a solid account of personal development and responsibility in the life of one Japanese woman.
"Shugoro Yamamoto" (1903-67) received critical acclaim for his first novel, "Suma-dera Fukin," published in 1926. Among his nineteen other novels, several were singled out for special awards, all of which Yamamoto declined. "The Flower Mat" was very popular in the original Japanese and was the basis of a successful television drama.