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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">RG Media Type</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">books</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Gasa-Gasa Girl</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Creators</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Naomi Hirahara</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Interest Level</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Grades 9-12; Adult</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Grade Reading Level</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Adult</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Theme</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Family – blessing or curse; Greed as downfall; Power of the past</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Genre</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Fiction; Mystery</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Point-of-View/Protagonist Characteristics</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Main character is curmudgeonly Kibei gardener</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Availability</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Widely available</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Free Web Version</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">No</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Geography</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">New York</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Chronology</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2000</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Gasa-Gasa Girl;\nCreators:Naomi Hirahara;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:Adult;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Family – blessing or curse; Greed as downfall; Power of the past;\nGenre:Fiction; Mystery;\nPoV:Main character is curmudgeonly Kibei gardener;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:New York;\nChronology:2000;\nFacility:;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Gasa-Gasa Girl</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_genre\" rel=\"nofollow\">Genre</a></th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Fiction; Mystery</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Naomi Hirahara</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Series</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Mas Arai Mysteries</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Random House</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2005</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">329</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/gasa-gasa-girl/oclc/679928602\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/gasa-gasa-girl/oclc/679928602</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Gasa-Gasa Girl;\nAuthor:Naomi Hirahara;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:Mas Arai Mysteries;\nGenre:Fiction; Mystery;\nPublisher:Random House;\nPubDate:2005;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:329;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/gasa-gasa-girl/oclc/679928602\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/gasa-gasa-girl/oclc/679928602</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>The second mystery novel in Naomi Hirahara's \"Mas Arai Mysteries\" series, <i>Gasa-Gasa Girl</i> finds the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Kibei\" title=\"Kibei\">Kibei</a> crime solver in New York where he reconciles with his estranged daughter and unravels the mysterious death of a wealthy <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> businessman.\n</p><p>As the novel begins in around 2000, Mas is summoned to New York by his daughter Mari who wants his help on a project to restore a historic Japanese garden that her husband Lloyd, a landscape architect, is working on. The garden is at a home owned by Kazzy Ouchi, a mixed-race Nisei who made his money in the silk business. Prior to the war, Kazzy's parents had been servants at this home, and his father built the Japanese garden. When he later became wealthy, Kazzy bought the home and is determined to restore the garden. When Mas arrives, he inspects the garden, only to find Kazzy dead, having been shot and dumped into the dry pond and covered with trash. The police investigate and suspect Lloyd and Mari; Mari is later arrested when a gun she owns is found to have been the murder weapon. Upon further investigation, Mas finds many possible suspects including Kazzy's son, a former girlfriend, business associates, and a neighbor who opposes the restoration project. But as usual, the key to the mystery stems from events that happened long ago, which Mas discovers with the help of his friends Tug Yamada, who happens to also be visiting New York, and Haruo Mukai back in Los Angeles.\n</p><p>As with the other Arai books, there are many references to the Japanese American World War II experience. Nisei who first meet each other inevitably talk about the concentration camps and the war. Kazzy and his friend Jinx Watanabe were in the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Military_Intelligence_Service\" title=\"Military Intelligence Service\">Military Intelligence Service</a>, and Kazzy was an instructor at the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Military_Intelligence_Service_Language_School\" title=\"Military Intelligence Service Language School\">Military Intelligence Service Language School</a>. A key character was at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Seabrook_Farms\" title=\"Seabrook Farms\">Seabrook Farms, New Jersey</a>, and visits to the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center and the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_National_Museum\" title=\"Japanese American National Museum\">Japanese American National Museum</a> play roles in the solving of the mystery. Takeo Shiota, a real historic figure who designed the Japanese garden in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and who died in an internment camp, also turns up in the story. An art piece by Joy, the daughter of Tug and his wife Lil, is inspired by their wartime incarceration. \n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Preceded by <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Summer_of_the_Big_Bachi_(book)\" title=\"Summer of the Big Bachi (book)\">Summer of the Big Bachi</a> (2004) and followed by <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Snakeskin_Shamisen_(book)\" title=\"Snakeskin Shamisen (book)\">Snakeskin Shamisen</a> (2006).\n</p>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\"><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2><div class=\"section_content\">\n<p>Author website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.naomihirahara.com/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.naomihirahara.com/</a>.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.112 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.116 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 312/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2075/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 6652/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1087/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:3664-0!*!0!*!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309150614 and revision id 28136\n -->\n</div></div><div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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