The Sound of Waves

by

Yukio Mishima

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on The Sound of Waves can help.
Chiyoko is the insecure, anxious, jealous daughter of the lighthouse-keeper and his wife. Chiyoko attends university in Tokyo—she is one of the few people Shinji knows who has left Uta-jima. Chiyoko harbors intense feelings of love and desire for Shinji, but she is too shy to say anything. When she is home visiting the island for her spring vacation, she spies Shinji and Hatsue walking down the mountain together arm-in-arm. Hurt and upset, she starts a rumor that Shinji and Hatsue have had carnal relations, confiding in the brash and pompous Yasuo Kawamoto and setting in motion a wave of gossip that threatens to tear Shinji and Hatsue apart. When Chiyoko departs the island and has a positive interaction with Shinji, however, she realizes what a kind person he can be and how deserving of happiness he truly is. Chiyoko tells her parents that she will not return home to the island until the mess she has made has been righted and Shinji and Hatsue are allowed to be together. Though Chiyoko fears she is dull and ugly—and acts out because of her insecurities—she ultimately proves herself to be a thoughtful and selfless person who is able to set aside her own desires and dedicate herself to the needs of others.

Chiyoko Quotes in The Sound of Waves

The The Sound of Waves quotes below are all either spoken by Chiyoko or refer to Chiyoko. 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:
Lessons from Nature Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Sound of Waves published in 1994.
Chapter 6 Quotes

“What made you so mad?” Shinji asked, looking her full in the face.

“All that talk about you and Chiyoko-san.”

“Stupid!”

“Then there’s nothing to it?”

“There’s nothing to it.”

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo (speaker), Hatsue Miyata (speaker), Chiyoko
Page Number: 52
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 11 Quotes

“That’s really what he said. And that’s enough for me. I mustn’t expect more than that. That’s really what he said to me. I must be satisfied with that and not expect him to love me too. He—he has someone else to love. . . . What a wicked thing it was I did to him! What terrible unhappiness my jealousy has caused him! And yet he repaid my wickedness by saying I’m pretty. I must make it up to him . . . somehow I must do whatever I can to return his kindness. . . .”

Related Characters: Chiyoko (speaker), Shinji Kubo
Page Number: 118
Explanation and Analysis:
Get the entire The Sound of Waves LitChart as a printable PDF.
The Sound of Waves PDF

Chiyoko Character Timeline in The Sound of Waves

The timeline below shows where the character Chiyoko appears in The Sound of Waves. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...as if she were their own child. They do have a daughter of their own, Chiyoko, who attends university in Tokyo and visits the island only rarely. In her absence, the... (full context)
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...for the lighthouse-keeper and his wife. As Shinji enters, the lighthouse-keeper’s wife tells Shinji that Chiyoko has written a letter asking about him—the lighthouse-keeper’s wife suggests Chiyoko has feelings for Shinji.... (full context)
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...if Hatsue was upset with him before. She says that the rumors about him and Chiyoko upset her, but Shinji insists that he has no feelings for Chiyoko. Hatsue is relieved. (full context)
Chapter 7
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
After the ferryboat docks on the mainland, its crew prepares for the return journey. Chiyoko, the daughter of the lighthouse-keeper and his wife, is getting ready to board the ferry... (full context)
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Class, Wealth, and Power Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
On the ferry, Chiyoko runs into Yasuo, who is returning to the island from the mainland after attending to... (full context)
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
On the journey back, Chiyoko asks Yasuo what news there is on the island. He tells her about Hatsue’s return—and... (full context)
Chapter 8
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...easiest path down the mountain—the path takes them directly past the lighthouse, where the lonely Chiyoko, who is sitting in the living room gazing out the window at the storm, catches... (full context)
Chapter 9
Class, Wealth, and Power Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
The day before—unbeknownst to Shinji—Chiyoko went to see Yasuo. She told Yasuo that she had seen Shinji and Hatsue coming... (full context)
Chapter 11
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
The news that Terukichi has forbidden Hatsue to see Shinji reaches the lighthouse that evening. Chiyoko, overhearing the gossip, is immediately overcome with guilt. She is relieved that Shinji doesn’t seem... (full context)
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
On the morning of her departure, Chiyoko goes down to the beach early in the morning to say goodbye to Shinji. She... (full context)
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
Later that afternoon, as she heads back to Tokyo by ferry, Chiyoko is overwhelmed by tenderness for Shinji. She accepts at last that he loves another, and... (full context)
Chapter 15
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
The lighthouse-keeper and his wife, meanwhile, grow fretful when Chiyoko refuses to return to the island for the end of summer vacation. They write her... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...are in love, Hatsue’s father stands between them. The lighthouse-keeper’s wife divulges the truth of Chiyoko’s letter—and her own intentions—to Shinji’s mother. Shinji’s mother expresses her gratitude for the lighthouse-keeper’s wife’s... (full context)
Chapter 16
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...opens the door and excitedly invites Shinji and Hatsue in. She happily tells them that Chiyoko is returning home tomorrow at long last. Shinji, who knows nothing of all the emotions... (full context)