The Sound of Waves

by

Yukio Mishima

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Jukichi Oyama Character Analysis

Jukichi Oyama is a master fisherman and the owner of the fishing rig called the Taihei-maru, or “calm circle.” Jukichi is an older man whose quiet disposition, sunburnt skin, and profound dedication to the sea speak to a life of hard work and focus. He mentors Shinji and his fellow apprentice fisherman Ryuji, often giving the young men advice about much more than life on the sea. Through Jukichi, Shinji comes to understand more about the values of patience and devotion. Jukichi’s love of the sea and his willingness to learn from and work with the powerful, unpredictable forces of nature greatly influences the ways in which Shinji learns to move through the realms of life, love, and work.

Jukichi Oyama Quotes in The Sound of Waves

The The Sound of Waves quotes below are all either spoken by Jukichi Oyama or refer to Jukichi Oyama. 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 The Sound of Waves published in 1994.
Chapter 11 Quotes

“I know exactly what you two are thinking. You’re planning to give Yasuo a beating. But you listen to me—that won't do a bit of good. A fool’s a fool, so just leave him alone. Guess it’s hard for Shinji, but patience is the main thing. That’s what it takes to catch a fish.”

Related Characters: Jukichi Oyama (speaker), Shinji Kubo, Ryuji, Yasuo Kawamoto, Hatsue Miyata
Page Number: 114
Explanation and Analysis:
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Jukichi Oyama Character Timeline in The Sound of Waves

The timeline below shows where the character Jukichi Oyama appears in The Sound of Waves. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...work of raising the heavy octopus pots, the master fisherman and owner of the rig, Jukichi Oyama, looks on. Shinji struggles against the frigid waves to pull up over 20 octopus... (full context)
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...the morning, the fishermen pull in five octopuses, four flatheads, and three soles. At lunchtime, Jukichi slices up one of the fish for the three of them to eat and asks... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The next day, on the Taihei-maru, Jukichi reaches into his pocket and pulls out a piece of paper. He tells Shinji that... (full context)
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Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
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...cares so deeply for him. He grows lost in thoughts of love as Ryuji and Jukichi read the letter aloud colorfully. Jukichi urges Shinji to tell him what really transpired between... (full context)
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Class, Wealth, and Power Theme Icon
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...topic of conversation between the three fishermen while they’re out on the water. Ryuji and Jukichi become just as emotionally invested in Hatsue’s letters as Shinji himself—especially in one letter in... (full context)
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The wise old Jukichi, sensing Shinji and Ryuji’s anger, warns them not to pick a fight with a fool... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Coming of Age Theme Icon
...another and never dare to speak. Shinji feels guilty about these outings, as he promised Jukichi he would not become morose or lovelorn but would instead practice patience and faith. (full context)
Chapter 14
Class, Wealth, and Power Theme Icon
...to join the crew as an apprentice seaman. Shinji says he must discuss matters with Jukichi, but the captain insists Jukichi has already given his permission. Shinji is confused—he knows that... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Coming of Age Theme Icon
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...where Shinji immediately visits the Yashiro Shrine to give thanks for his safe return. At Jukichi’s there is a large party celebrating Shinji’s success on the journey. Two days later, while... (full context)