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Travel to Japan: Return to Yokohama: Photo 29

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Mustn't forget the missionaries. Mary Eddy Kidder is remembered here as "the first unmarried lady missionary in Japan" and the founder of the Ferris Seminary in 1870. (The name Ferris recalls the father and son who headed the [Dutch] Reformed Church in America, which sent Kidder abroad at age 35. She had previously been a teacher. Later in life, she left the school to be an evangelist in Iwate Prefecture, on the north coast of Honshu. The school remains in operation, however, celebrating in 140th birthday in 2009.

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