What caused Ogura to leave? We have no way of knowing. Nor do we know the route she took.
What we can say: As she moved about the region, Ogura Nobu clearly did not conform to social and political expectations: in choosing to depart or stay and to love or leave, she challenged and negotiated the various structures, from parental authority to community customs in multiple locations to state power and media discourses, that constrained her agency. But as the border encounters and consular police reports demonstrate, her movements themselves also enabled the operations of those forces, creating new moments of connection and separation that gave new shape to Japan and East Asia.
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