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Characters By Chapter
EDITOR:
Jeffrey Hale
 
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1    October 1948
 Akira SugimuraOne of the city's most respected and influential men.
 Setsuko  Ono's eldest daughter.
 Masuji OnoRetired artist and teacher.
 Kenji  Ono's son who was killed during the war.
 Miss SugimuraAkira's daughter.
 Noriko  Ono's younger daughter.
 Ichiro  Setsuko's son.
 Mr MoriOno's visitor.
 Suichi  Setsuko's husband.
 Mrs KawakamiBar owner.
 Shintaro  Ono's former student.
     Obasan - meaning 'aunt'.
 Yoshio  Shintaro's brother.
     Migi-Hidari - a bar in the old district before the war
 Kuroda  A brilliant young man in school. Ono's former protégé.
 Murasaki  One of the brilliant young men in school.
 Tanaka  One of the brilliant young men in school.
      Oji - used by a child to address unrelated adult male.
 Lord YoshitsuneWas a military commander of the Minamoto clan of Japan.
 Urayama  An artist.
 Miyamoto MusashiJapanese philosopher.
 Mrs WatanabeDeer park owner.
 Sachiko  Ono's mother.
 Jiro MiyakeNoriko's ex fiancé.
     Harakiri - Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment.
 Hirayama boy  Boy with Hirayama disease a.k.a. monomelic amyotrophy.
 Yamagata  An old veteran soldier.
 Masayuki HaradaPainter. One of Ono's colleagues.
 Misumi  Playwright. One of Ono's colleagues.
 Shigeo OtsujiJournalist. One of Ono's colleagues.
 Eiji NastukiJournalist. One of Ono's colleagues.
 Master TakedaTakeda firm owner.
 Yasunari NakaharaA new artist in Takeda firm. Aka: The Tortoise.
 Seiji MoriyamaPainter and printmaker.
 Dr Saito Taro's father.
 Mr Kyo Ono and Saito's mutual friend.
 Chishu MatsudaWorked for the Okada-Shingen Society.
 Michiko  Ono's late wife.
 Miss SuzukiMatsuda's housekeeper and nurse.
 Nakane  Principal at Minami Imperial College.
2    April 1949
 Mr Ogawa Host of the engagement party.
 Taro SaitoNoriko's fiancé.
 Enchi  Kuroda's protégé.
 Matsumoto  An artist.
 Mitsuo  Dr Saito's younger son.
3    November 1949
 Emperor TaishoFormer emperor of Japan.
 Seiji MoriyamaOno's former teacher. Aka: Morisan.
 Sasaki Morisan's leading pupil.
 Maki  A story-teller.
 Gisaburo  Morisan's old friend.
 Yukio NaguchiA composer who committed suicide.
 Mr Hayasaka Taro's colleague.
4    June 1950
 Botchan  Matsuda's neighbor.
 
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