Snow Falling on Cedars

by

David Guterson

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Zenhichi Miyamoto Character Analysis

Kabuo Miyamoto’s father. Zenhichi trains Kabuo in the art of Kendo and teaches him about the family’s Samurai past. He buys seven acres of land from Carl Heine, Sr. before the war, but is unable to complete payments on the land when the Miyamotos are forced to relocate after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
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Zenhichi Miyamoto Character Timeline in Snow Falling on Cedars

The timeline below shows where the character Zenhichi Miyamoto appears in Snow Falling on Cedars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
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Etta steps off the witness stand and her thoughts turn to the day Zenhichi Miyamoto came to the Heines’ house: Zenhichi asked to speak with her husband, and the... (full context)
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...she returns to the witness stand to continue with her testimony. Etta tells Hooks that Zenhichi and Carl Sr. had worked out a “lease-to-own” contract for the land. Zenhichi would pay... (full context)
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...served as a legal loophole through which Carl Sr. could sell the seven acres to Zenhichi Miyamoto. At any rate, explains Judge Fielding, the restriction that had prevented the Miyamotos from... (full context)
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Etta Heine testifies that Zenhichi came to the Heine home to try to figure out how they’d handle the land... (full context)
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Etta continues with her testimony: Zenhichi, she reveals, offered to pay the Heines $120 on the spot, but Carl Sr. refused... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...to Ole, who had no idea that Carl Sr. had sold the seven acres to Zenhichi. Etta scoffed at the idea that she should have told Ole about what she considered... (full context)
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...Ole remembered that Kabuo had worked for him in 1939. Ole inquired after Kabuo’s father, Zenhichi, whom he also remembered; Kabuo told Ole that his father had been dead for years.... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...could no longer bear his sword, he became angry and started wishing to kill people. Zenhichi conceded that although his grandfather really was an incredible swordsman, “his anger overwhelmed him in... (full context)
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Kabuo recalls how Zenhichi told him that although it was in his blood to be a warrior, it was... (full context)