Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

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Takumi is very close withAlaska and good friends with Lara, the Colonel, and Miles. He loves to freestyle rap. Like Miles, he also has feelings for Alaska. The Colonel and Miles ignore Takumi after Alaska’s death. In response, Takumi withholds information about her death from the Colonel and Miles, but eventually he does help them understand why Alaska died. Only when Miles decides to forgive Takumi does he understand how to move on from Alaska’s death.

Takumi Hikohito Quotes in Looking for Alaska

The Looking for Alaska quotes below are all either spoken by Takumi Hikohito or refer to Takumi Hikohito . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Speak edition of Looking for Alaska published in 2008.
59. One Hundred Thirty-Six Days After Quotes

“He was gone, and I did not have time to tell him what I had just now realized: that I forgave him, and that she forgave us, and that we had to forgive to survive in the labyrinth.”

Related Characters: Miles Halter (speaker), Alaska Young, Takumi Hikohito
Related Symbols: The Labyrinth
Page Number: 218
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene, Miles realizes that he's ready to forgive his old friend Takumi. Takumi has been angry with Miles ever since Alaska's death: he blames Miles for Alaska's death (partly as a way of distracting himself from his own role in Alaska's death). Miles realizes that there's no point in blaming other people: the only way out of the cycle of self-hatred that arises after a loved one's death is to accept blame, forgive other people, and slowly move on. And yet Miles's forgiveness is incomplete: he never gets to forgive Takumi face-to-face.

Perhaps the scene is supposed to symbolize the flawed nature of life: people can't always be honest with one another and open up about their feelings, even if they want to show love for each other. There are always layers dividing people, whether layers of distance, miscommunication, or any other number of things. But even if Miles can't forgive Takumi in person, he can love and forgive himself.

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Takumi Hikohito Character Timeline in Looking for Alaska

The timeline below shows where the character Takumi Hikohito appears in Looking for Alaska. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. One Hundred Twenty-Seven Days Before
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...are Maureen’s specialty and everyone at Culver Creek loves them. While he eats, Miles meets Takumi, a Japanese student who is close friends with the Colonel and Alaska. (full context)
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...says that Paul deserved to be kicked out because he was a Weekday Warrior, and Takumi reminds the Colonel that his own girlfriend is a Weekday Warrior. Miles thinks it’s dumb... (full context)
6. One Hundred Ten Days Before
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Alaska is angry at the Colonel and Takumi for not leaving with her and Miles, but when they finally get out of class,... (full context)
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...Miles that she wants to kiss him but she can’t because she has a boyfriend. Takumi makes up a rap about Miles, and Alaska picks it up and keeps going when... (full context)
11. Ninety-Nine Days Before
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Miles, the Colonel, Takumi, and Alaska go down to the lake to smoke. The Eagle happens to be by... (full context)
12. Ninety-Eight Days Before
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Miles, the Colonel, Takumi, and Alaska go to see the Jury, which is a group of twelve students who... (full context)
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Alaska and the Colonel take the fall for smoking and keep Miles and Takumi out of trouble. Alaska has been in trouble enough times that she is nearing a... (full context)
13. Eighty-Nine Da ys Before
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...Colonel and Sara, and Lara and Miles are going to go on a triple date. Takumi is going to come too. (full context)
17. Sixty-Seven Days Before
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...stops raining, and Miles sits outside thinking about the last words of Civil War commanders. Takumi finds him and the two go down to the Smoking Hole. When they get there,... (full context)
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Miles is skeptical at first, but Takumi explains that he figured out that no one could have known where Marya was that... (full context)
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Takumi tells Miles that the Colonel and Alaska are planning a prank, and Miles will need... (full context)
26. Eight Days Before
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...yearly prank on the school has already happened. She decides that she, Miles, the Colonel, Takumi, and Lara, whom Miles hasn’t spoken to since he threw up on her, will spend... (full context)
28. Three Days Before
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...two-days worth of black clothing for the weekend in the barn and he, the Colonel, Takumi, Alaska, and Lara present the Eagle with a variety of reasons that they need to... (full context)
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...is the coolest he has ever felt, and that the Great Perhaps is finally happening. Takumi and Miles are tasked with distracting the Eagle by setting off fireworks around campus. Takumi... (full context)
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Miles and Takumi set off a string of fireworks. Their timing and path has been carefully planned by... (full context)
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...in Kevin’s hair products, and mailed out fake progress reports all at the same time. Takumi says that he will take the fall with Alaska if necessary, because the Colonel has... (full context)
29. Two Days Before
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...forms and figure things out. It was the first day she felt like a grownup. Takumi’s favorite day was when he lost his virginity, but he declines to tell that story... (full context)
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Takumi’s worst day was when his grandmother died two days before he was supposed to go... (full context)
39. Thirteen Days After
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The Colonel tells Miles about a time last year when he and Takumi and Alaska were at the Smoking Hole and Alaska jumped into the river to pick... (full context)
42. Twenty-One Days After
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Miles and Takumi go to McDonalds and Miles apologizes for ignoring Takumi since the accident—something he’s done so... (full context)
43. Twenty-Seven Days After
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...that they can understand what she would have been capable of doing. The Colonel asks Takumi for booze, and when Takumi says he’ll join them, the Colonel says that he and... (full context)
44. Twenty-Eight Days After
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Miles and the Colonel tell Takumi about how they helped Alaska leave, and he says they were stupid but he isn’t... (full context)
45. Twenty-Nine Days After
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While the Colonel calls Jake, Takumi accuses Miles of hoping to find out that Alaska was on her way to break... (full context)
47. Forty-Five Days After
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People have stopped giving Miles and the Colonel cigarettes out of sympathy, so Takumi drives them to Coosa Liquors to buy some more. Miles goes in to buy the... (full context)
48. Forty-Six Days After
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Takumi guilt trips Miles into talking to Lara by asking how Miles thinks Alaska would react... (full context)
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That evening, Lara, Takumi, the Colonel, and Miles each throw a cigarette into the Smoking Hole, which is actually... (full context)
54. One Hundred Two Days After
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...on the condition that there won’t be any nudity in front of students. Miles and Takumi get every member of the junior class to contribute five dollars toward paying Maxx’s fee,... (full context)
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...certainly important to subvert the patriarchal paradigm.” Then he shouts, “This one’s for Alaska Young.” Takumi puts on music and Maxx strips and dances in front of the entire student body... (full context)
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...for the prank, and Miles tells everyone that it wasn’t him or the Colonel or Takumi, but Alaska. Alaska once told Miles that the worst part of pulling a prank was... (full context)
55. One Hundred Fourteen Days After
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A week and a half later, Takumi suggests that the date January 10 might be significant. To Miles, it’s the day Alaska... (full context)
56. One Hundred Eighteen Days After
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...that although they didn’t find all the answers, the search made him grow closer with Takumi and the Colonel. Miles credits Alaska with making them better friends, and decides that while... (full context)
59. One Hundred Thirty-Six Days After
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On the last day of school, Miles finds a note from Takumi slipped under his door. In it, Takumi tells Miles that he has already left for... (full context)
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Miles runs to Takumi’s room to forgive him but he’s already gone. In that moment, Miles realizes that forgiveness... (full context)