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Concord’s Orchard House director brings Alcott to Japan

LITERARY BOND: In 1987, Jan Turnquist  was working as a guide at Orchard House in her hometown of Concord when then-Crown Prince Akihito  and Crown Princess Michiko  of Japan visited the historic home of “Little Women” author Louisa May Alcott.  

According to Turnquist, the 1868 novel is so beloved in Japan that the royal couple’s visit was chronicled by a Japanese television station so the nation could view the place in which Alcott wrote and set the story.

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