Kafka on the Shore


Haruki Murakami

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Setsuko Okamochi teaches elementary school. During the war, children from Tokyo were temporarily relocated into Setsuko’s class in the countryside, where it was safer. Nakata was one of those students. Setsuko remains shaken by the accident that rendered Nakata unconscious, known as the “Rice Bowl Hill Incident.” She reveals in a letter to Dr. Nakazawa that she feels guilty because she believes that the strange incident was somehow related to a sexual dream she had had the night before.

Setsuko Okamochi Quotes in Kafka on the Shore

The Kafka on the Shore quotes below are all either spoken by Setsuko Okamochi or refer to Setsuko Okamochi. 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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Chapter 12 Quotes

I didn’t cry at all. I already knew that somewhere, on some distant battlefield, my husband would lose his life. Ever since the year before, when all those things I just wrote about took place—that erotic dream my period starting ahead of time, hitting Nakata, the children falling into that mysterious coma—I’d accepted my husband’s death as inevitable, as something fated to be. So news of his death merely confirmed what I already knew.

Related Characters: Setsuko Okamochi (speaker)
Page Number: 103-104
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Setsuko Okamochi Character Timeline in Kafka on the Shore

The timeline below shows where the character Setsuko Okamochi appears in Kafka on the Shore. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...“Rice Bowl Hill Incident” of 1944. Lt. O’Connor notes that his interview subject, the schoolteacher Setsuko Okamochi, seems intelligent and responsible, but also still traumatized by the incident. (full context)
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In the interview, Setsuko recalls that on the morning of the incident she and her students observed a bright... (full context)
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At Lt. O’Connor’s request, Setsuko then tells the story of the day of the incident. On the morning of the... (full context)
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Soon after Setsuko and the children stopped to pick mushrooms, the children began to collapse. They seemed to... (full context)
Chapter 12
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In a letter dated October 19, 1972, Setsuko Okamochi makes a confession to a psychology professor who participated in the military investigation into... (full context)
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Just as Setsuko reached the top of the hill with the children, she realized that her period had... (full context)
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One of the children, Nakata, approached Setsuko with something in his hands: one of the bloody towels Setsuko had used to clean... (full context)
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Setsuko writes that she never found out what happened to Nakata after the incident. Previously, Nakata... (full context)