The Sound of Waves

by

Yukio Mishima

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Ryuji is the other apprentice fisherman who works on the Taihei-maru. Like Shinji, Ryuji is shy and deferential, devoted to learning the lessons of the sea from their master Jukichi. When push comes to shove, Ryuji is a deeply loyal friend and staunch defender of Shinji’s who is willing to stand up for what’s right. He defends Shinji against the rumors that begin to swirl about Shinji and Hatsue—and when the two young lovers are forbidden from seeing each other, Ryuji volunteers to act as a go-between by delivering the secret letters they write to one another.

Ryuji Quotes in The Sound of Waves

The The Sound of Waves quotes below are all either spoken by Ryuji or refer to Ryuji. 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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Ryuji Character Timeline in The Sound of Waves

The timeline below shows where the character Ryuji appears in The Sound of Waves. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Lessons from Nature Theme Icon
...waves to pull up over 20 octopus pots—all of them are empty. His fellow fisherman, Ryuji, works to empty the pots of water before sending them back to the depths. At... (full context)
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Class, Wealth, and Power Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...Hatsue to carry on the Miyata name—Teru’s only son recently died. Jukichi suggests Shinji or Ryuji should marry Hatsue. Both young men blush and laugh. (full context)
Chapter 5
Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Class, Wealth, and Power Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...more strenuously than usual. After returning to the harbor and selling their catch, Shinji and Ryuji head to the office of the Co-operative, where they collect their pay for the last... (full context)
Chapter 10
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...of the Young Men’s Association, and the same thing happens to him. Several days later, Ryuji tells Shinji that Yasuo is spreading horrible rumors about Shinji. Ryuji tells Shinji that he... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
...Hatsue still 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... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Class, Wealth, and Power Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
Ryuji volunteers to pick up Hatsue’s letters each morning, and soon, the letters are the principal... (full context)
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Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
The wise old Jukichi, sensing Shinji and Ryuji’s anger, warns them not to pick a fight with a fool like Yasuo. When it... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
...his life was just so happy and calm as to be exceptional. The next morning, Ryuji delivers Hatsue’s daily letter to Shinji, and Shinji is excited to find that within it... (full context)
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Love, Sex, and Devotion Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
One day, Ryuji brings Shinji a letter from Hatsue that tells of her father’s impending visit from some... (full context)