Kafka on the Shore

by

Haruki Murakami

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Hoshino is an aimless twentysomething who works as a truck driver largely because he has been fired from every other job he’s held. Still, he’s content and confident, with a flamboyant penchant for Hawaiian shirts and ponytails. Unlike most people, Hoshino is patient with Nakata, taking the time to get to know him. As Hoshino and Nakata undertake their quest to find the mysterious entrance stone, Hoshino becomes interested in classical music. These new experiences are revelatory for him. Hoshino vows to start a new, more meaningful life after the journey is over. Hoshino’s story is an example of the power of music in this novel.

Hoshino Quotes in Kafka on the Shore

The Kafka on the Shore quotes below are all either spoken by Hoshino or refer to Hoshino. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Kafka on the Shore published in 2006.
Chapter 32 Quotes

“I used to be normal, just like everybody else. But something happened and I ended up like a container with nothing inside.”

“Yeah, but if you look at it like that we’re all pretty much empty, don’t you think?”

Related Characters: Satoru Nakata (speaker), Hoshino
Page Number: 306
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Chapter 34 Quotes

Listening to Fournier’s flowing, dignified cello, Hoshino was drawn back to his childhood. He used to go to the river every day to catch fish. Nothing to worry about back then, he reminisced. Just live each day as it came. As long as I was alive, I was something.

Related Characters: Hoshino (speaker)
Page Number: 328
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Chapter 46 Quotes

“But when I listen to this music it’s like Beethoven’s right here talking to me, telling me something like, It’s ok, Hoshino, don’t worry about it. That’s life. I’ve done some pretty awful things in my life too. Not much you can do about it. Things happen. You just got to hang in there.

Related Characters: Hoshino (speaker)
Page Number: 430
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Chapter 48 Quotes

“I think that whenever something happens in the future I’ll always wonder—What would Mr. Nakata say about this? What would Mr. Nakata do? I’ll always have someone I can turn to. And that’s kind of a big deal, if you think about it. It’s like part of you will always live inside me.

Related Characters: Hoshino (speaker), Satoru Nakata
Page Number: 455
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Hoshino Character Timeline in Kafka on the Shore

The timeline below shows where the character Hoshino appears in Kafka on the Shore. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 22
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Nakata and the truck driver, Hoshino, stop for breakfast in Kobe. They fall into easy conversation, which is unusual for Nakata.... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Hoshino and Nakata arrive in Tokushima. Falling asleep that night in their hotel room, Hoshino quietly... (full context)
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Hoshino reflects on his life. After high school, he tried unsuccessfully for some time to get... (full context)
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...room, and, upon awakening, announces that he believes they should continue west. He also gives Hoshino an extremely painful back massage that nonetheless seems to put Hoshino’s spine into a much... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Nakata and Hoshino check into a hotel in Takamatsu. Hoshino asks Nakata if he can remember the accident... (full context)
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Nakata and Hoshino spend the next couple of days in the library, trying to find information about the... (full context)
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After dinner, Hoshino wanders Takamatsu alone, thinking about their quest. Suddenly, he is approached by an old man... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Colonel Sanders leads Hoshino to a large Shinto shrine. There, they meet a young woman who takes Hoshino to... (full context)
Chapter 30
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As Colonel Sanders leads Hoshino into the woods behind the shrine, he reveals that he’s not really Colonel Sanders but... (full context)
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Hoshino picks up the entrance stone, which is round and white like Nakata described. It seems... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Over breakfast, Hoshino and Nakata consult about the entrance stone. Nakata is still unsure what must actually be... (full context)
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...However, the stone seems to have become impossibly heavy since the night before. It takes Hoshino every ounce of his strength to slowly flip it over. While he’s collapsed on the... (full context)
Chapter 34
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In the hotel room, Nakata settles in to a long nap. Hoshino realizes that he has abandoned his job, but finds that he doesn’t much care. While... (full context)
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The shop’s proprietor, a retired Ministry of Education official, asks Hoshino if the music in the cafe is bothering him. He realizes he actually enjoys the... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Colonel Sanders calls Hoshino at the hotel and tells him to relocate to an apartment that the Colonel has... (full context)
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Hoshino and Nakata go for a walk on the beach. They talk about the creatures living... (full context)
Chapter 38
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At Nakata’s request, Hoshino rents a car. While Nakata consults with the entrance stone about what to do next,... (full context)
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...The next day is the same. As they head back to the apartment in defeat, Hoshino realizes that they’re in an unfamiliar, elegant residential area. They stop outside a gate with... (full context)
Chapter 40
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Since it’s Monday, the Komura Memorial Library is closed, but Hoshino and Nakata return the next morning. Oshima greets them at the door and then they... (full context)
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In the afternoon, Nakata and Hoshino join Miss Saeki’s tour of the library. After the brief tour, they settle back in... (full context)
Chapter 42
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...both feel as if they have been waiting for each other. Miss Saeki asks if Hoshino is Nakata’s friend, and he says that he is—the first friend Nakata has ever had,... (full context)
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...gives the files to Nakata, asking him to burn them. He agrees. Downstairs, he tells Hoshino that they need to find somewhere to burn the files, and the pair departs. (full context)
Chapter 44
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Hoshino and Nakata burn Miss Saeki’s files in a dry river bed. Nakata says that he... (full context)
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Hoshino carries Nakata up to the apartment, thinking Nakata is settling in for a long nap.... (full context)
Chapter 46
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Hoshino spends a listless day in the apartment trying to figure out what to do with... (full context)
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Hoshino spends the next day talking to the entrance stone, telling it stories about girls he’s... (full context)
Chapter 48
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The black cat, named Toro, offers to help Hoshino with the stone. Toro says that Hoshino will need to kill something that’s trying to... (full context)
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After the stone is closed, it’s fairly easy to dispatch the creature—Hoshino cuts it up into small pieces and bags them up. Hoshino realizes that it’s time... (full context)