The Sound of Waves

by

Yukio Mishima

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Shinji Kubo Character Analysis

Shinji Kubo is the protagonist of the novel. A humble young fisherman’s apprentice, he spends his days working hard on a fishing boat alongside his fellow apprentice Ryuji and his master Jukichi. Shinji is deeply connected to nature, intuition, and hard work. He draws strength and a sense of companionship from the sea, and he is deeply devoted to his family—he gives his widowed mother his every paycheck so that she can care for herself and Shinji’s younger brother Hiroshi. When Shinji notices a beautiful new face on the island of Uta-jima, he falls head over heels for her. The object of his affection turns out to be Hatsue Miyata—she is the daughter of the powerful and imposing Terukichi Miyata, one of the wealthiest men on the island. Though Shinji is poor, he is devoted to Hatsue and sees her as his equal. After the two confess their love for one another one stormy day, the jealous daughter of the lighthouse-keeper and his wife, Chiyoko, sees Shinji—the object of her own affections—descending a slope with Hatsue on his arm. Chiyoko starts a rumor that Shinji and Hatsue have slept together—and overnight, Shinji finds his life completely changed. Suddenly, the humble and unassuming Shinji finds himself at the center of a swirling storm of scandal and gossip. Shinji tries to keep his head down and stay detached from the drama brewing on the island, but he cannot silence his love for Hatsue, and he remains dedicated to finding a way for them to be together. When Shinji receives a mysterious offer to work aboard one of Terukichi’s freighters, he is confused but accepts the job with grace and gratitude. While sailing to Okinawa, Shinji braves a fearsome typhoon to rescue the ship from capsizing—and he thus proves that his connection to nature, his bravery, and his selfless nature make him the perfect match for Hatsue. The ways in which the quiet, thoughtful, generous Shinji values honesty, family, hard work, and the lessons nature has to teach him provide him with a strong moral compass that guides the novel’s thematic interrogations of nature, love, class, and the destructive effects of gossip.

Shinji Kubo Quotes in The Sound of Waves

The The Sound of Waves quotes below are all either spoken by Shinji Kubo or refer to Shinji Kubo. 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 1 Quotes

His dark eyes were exceedingly clear, but their clarity was not that of intellectuality—it was a gift that the sea bestows upon those who make their livelihood upon it; as a matter of fact, he had made notably bad grades in school. He was still wearing the same clothes he fished in each day—a pair of trousers inherited from his dead father and a cheap jumper.

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo
Page Number: 6
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Chapter 2 Quotes

Surrounded though he was by the vast ocean, Shinji did not especially burn with impossible dreams of great adventure across the seas. His fisherman's conception of the sea was close to that of the farmer for his land. The sea was the place where he earned his living, a rippling field where, instead of waving heads of rice or wheat, the white and formless harvest of waves was forever swaying above the unrelieved blueness of a sensitive and yielding soil.

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo
Page Number: 19
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Chapter 3 Quotes

“God, let the seas be calm, the fish plentiful, and our village […] prosperous. […] Let me have much knowledge in the ways of the sea, in the ways of fish, in the ways of boats, in the ways of the weather . . . […] Please protect my gentle mother and my brother, who is still a child. […] Then there's a different sort of request I'd like to make. . . . Some day let even such a person as me be granted a good-natured, beautiful bride . . . say someone like Terukichi Miyata's returned daughter. . . .” […]

Shinji looked up at the star-filled sky and breathed deeply. Then he thought:

“But mightn't the gods punish me for such a selfish prayer?”

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo (speaker), Hatsue Miyata, Terukichi Miyata
Page Number: 25
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Chapter 4 Quotes

As they walked along, the girl asked him his name and now, for the first time, he introduced himself. But he went on hurriedly to ask that she not mention his name to anyone or say anything about having met him here: Shinji well knew how sharp the villagers’ tongues could be. Hatsue promised not to tell. Thus their well-founded fear of the village’s love of gossip changed what was but an innocent meeting into a thing of secrecy between the two of them.

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo, Hatsue Miyata
Page Number: 32
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Their dry, chapped lips touched. There was a slight taste of salt.

“It’s like seaweed,” Shinji thought.

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo (speaker), Hatsue Miyata
Page Number: 42
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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
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“I’ll do my best to help make life on our island the most peaceful there is anywhere . . . the happiest there is anywhere. . . . Because if we don’t do that, everybody will start forgetting the island and quit wanting to come back. No matter how much times change, very bad things—very bad ways—will always disappear before they get to our island. . . . The sea—it only brings the good and right things that the island needs . . . and keeps the good and right things we already have here. . . .”

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo (speaker), Hatsue Miyata
Page Number: 53
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Chapter 8 Quotes

When he could no longer bear the thought of waiting, Shinji flung on a rubber raincoat and went down to meet the sea. It seemed to him that only the sea would be kind enough to answer his wordless conversation.

Raging waves rose high above the breakwater, set up a tremendous roar, and then rushed on down.

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo
Page Number: 66-67
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“What would make you quit being ashamed?”

To this the girl gave a truly naive answer, though a startling one: “If you took your clothes off too, then I wouldn't be ashamed.”

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo (speaker), Hatsue Miyata (speaker)
Page Number: 74
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Chapter 10 Quotes

The mother took a very tolerant view of young people’s amorous affairs. And even during the diving season, when everyone stood about the drying-fire gossiping, she held her tongue. But when it came to its being her own son's affair that was the subject of malicious gossip, then there was a motherly duty that she would have to perform.

Related Symbols: Pearl Diving
Page Number: 103
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Chapter 11 Quotes

“It’s all because I'm poor,” Shinji said.

He was usually not one to let such querulous words pass his lips. And he felt tears of shame springing in his eyes, not because he was poor, but because he had been weak enough to give voice to such a complaint.

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo (speaker), Hatsue Miyata
Page Number: 113
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“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
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“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
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Double suicide then? Even on this island there had been lovers who took that solution. But the boy’s good sense repudiated the thought, and he told himself that those others had been selfish persons who thought only of themselves. Never once had he thought about such a thing as dying; and, above all, there was his family to support.

Page Number: 126
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Chapter 13 Quotes

Hatsue got to her feet in silence and went around the rock to receive her prize. And the prize she returned with was the brown, middle-aged handbag, which she pressed into the hands of Shinji’s mother.

The mother's cheeks flushed red with delight.

“But...why?...”

“Because I’ve always wanted to apologize ever since my father spoke so rudely to Auntie that day.” […]

The mother's simple, straightforward heart had immediately understood the modesty and respect behind the girl’s gesture. Hatsue smiled, and Shinji's mother told herself how wise her son had been in his choice of a bride.

Related Characters: Shinji’s Mother (speaker), Hatsue Miyata (speaker), Shinji Kubo
Related Symbols: Pearl Diving
Page Number: 146
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Chapter 14 Quotes

“Which one of you fellows is going to take this lifeline over there and tie it to that buoy?”

The roaring of the wind covered the youths’ silence.

“Don't any of you have any guts?” the captain shouted again.

Yasuo’s lips quivered. He pulled his neck down into his shoulders.

Then Shinji shouted out in a cheerful voice, and as he did so the white flash of his teeth shone through the blackness to prove that he was smiling.

“I’ll do it,” he shouted clearly.

Related Characters: The Captain (speaker), Shinji Kubo (speaker), Yasuo Kawamoto
Page Number: 161
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The boy swam with all his might. And, inch by inch, step by step, the huge mass of the enemy fell back, opening the way for him. It was as though a drill were boring its way through the hardest of solid rock.

The first time his hand touched the buoy he lost his hold and was pulled away. But then by good luck a wave swept him forward again and, just as it seemed on the point of dashing his chest against the iron rim, lifted him up with a single sweep and deposited him on the buoy.

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo
Page Number: 163
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Chapter 15 Quotes

“When Shinji did that great thing at Okinawa—well, I changed my mind too and decided he was the one for my girl. The only thing that really counts . . .”

Here Terukichi raised his voice emphatically.

“The only thing that really counts in a man is his get-up-and-go. If he’s got get-up-and-go he’s a real man, and those are the kind of men we need here on Uta-jima.”

Page Number: 175
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Chapter 16 Quotes

Nature too again smiled on them. When they reached the top they turned around and looked out over the Gulf of Ise. The night sky was filled with stars and, as for clouds, there was only a low bank stretching across the horizon in the direction of the Chita Peninsula, through which soundless lightning ran from time to time. Nor was the sound of the waves strong, but coming regularly and peacefully, as though the sea were breathing in healthy slumber.

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo, Hatsue Miyata
Page Number: 177
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Out in front of them stretched the unfathomable darkness, where the beam from the lighthouse was making its vast, regular sweeps. […] Shinji […] was lost in thought. He was thinking that in spite of all they’d been through, here they were in the end, free within the moral code to which they had been born, never once having been estranged from the providence of the gods . . . that, in short, it was this little island, enfolded in darkness, that had protected their happiness and brought their love to this fulfillment.. . .

Related Characters: Shinji Kubo, Hatsue Miyata
Page Number: 182
Explanation and Analysis:

Hatsue touched the picture lightly with her own hand and then returned it. Her eyes were full of pride. She was thinking it was her picture that had protected Shinji. But at this moment Shinji lifted his eyebrows. He knew it had been his own strength that had tided him through that perilous night.

Related Characters: Hatsue Miyata, Shinji Kubo
Page Number: 183
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Shinji Kubo Character Timeline in The Sound of Waves

The timeline below shows where the character Shinji Kubo appears in The Sound of Waves. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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One night, past sunset, Shinji Kubo—a young fisherman of 18—hurries up the path toward the lighthouse carrying a large fish.... (full context)
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Earlier that evening, after wrapping up a day of fishing on the Taihei-maru, Shinji helped his fellow fisherman transfer their catch to the boat belonging to the island’s fishing... (full context)
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Now, as Shinji approaches the lighthouse, he is full of shame over having stared so rudely at the... (full context)
Chapter 2
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The next morning, Shinji boards the fishing boat on which he works and reminisces about the night before as... (full context)
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...morning, as the Taihei-maru reaches the deep waters where its octopus-catching pots have been sunk, Shinji feels that same sense of unrest. As he attends to the work of raising the... (full context)
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...family for 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)
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As Shinji thinks more about the prospect of courting Hatsue, however, he begins to feel down on... (full context)
Chapter 3
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That night, Shinji attends a meeting at the Young Men’s Association. In ancient times, the Association was a... (full context)
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...is over, Yasuo leaves in a hurry without lingering to talk or joke any longer. Shinji asks what Yasuo’s hurry was, and another young man tells him Yasuo is on his... (full context)
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Upset, Shinji leaves the meeting alone and walks through the village past the Miyata house, which is... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...and the waves so rough that not a single fishing-boat is out on the ocean. Shinji’s mother has asked him to bring down a store of firewood she gathered and left... (full context)
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Shinji heads upstairs to the roof, where he finds Hatsue alone and sobbing in the wind.... (full context)
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Hatsue suggests they head out. Shinji notices a black smudge on her sweater. As he stares at it, Hatsue follows Shinji’s... (full context)
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On the way back down the mountain, Hatsue at last asks Shinji’s name. The two introduce themselves to one another, though Shinji already knows who Hatsue is.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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In the days that follow his meeting with Hatsue, Shinji transforms from a peaceful, contented young man into a brooding, sad one. He feels certain... (full context)
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On the monthly commemoration of the day of Shinji’s father’s death, Shinji, Hiroshi, and their mother head to the graveyard to visit Shinji’s father’s... (full context)
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...the way down to the beach to start preparing for a day on the Taihei-maru, Shinji hears someone on the docks gossiping: it’s rumored that Yasuo Kawamoto and Hatsue are going... (full context)
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Shinji walks home along the beach and comes across a group of sailors struggling to get... (full context)
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At home, Shinji reaches into his sweater to pull out his envelope—he always gives his pay directly to... (full context)
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On the dark beach, Hatsue finds Shinji bent over, combing through the sand. She approaches him and tells him that she found... (full context)
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As the two break apart, Shinji tells Hatsue that he plans to bring some fish to the lighthouse-keeper’s place tomorrow when... (full context)
Chapter 6
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After fishing the next day, Shinji stops at the Yashiro Shrine on his way to the lighthouse to give thanks to... (full context)
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...change the subject, Hatsue volunteers to help make supper. While Hatsue helps prepare the meal, Shinji knocks at the door with two fish for the lighthouse-keeper and his wife. As Shinji... (full context)
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Shinji decides to wait for Hatsue along the path down to the village from the lighthouse.... (full context)
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As Shinji walks Hatsue back to the village, he tells her about his dreams of working hard,... (full context)
Chapter 7
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It is time for Shinji’s brother Hiroshi to embark on his school trip, during which he will tour the Kyoto-Osaka... (full context)
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...once, that a man would look at her with love rather than contempt. Chiyoko wishes Shinji, not Yasuo, was with her on the journey. Meanwhile, Yasuo wishes he could brag to... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Two days after Hiroshi’s departure, the island of Uta-jima is struck by a roaring storm. Shinji awakes knowing that there will be no fishing today. The house is shaking and rattling... (full context)
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Shinji puts on a raincoat and goes down to the beach—he is so full of pent-up... (full context)
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Shinji returns home for lunch, then goes back out into the storm. After he goes, his... (full context)
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Shinji walks through the storm up the mountain and toward the abandoned observation tower where he... (full context)
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When Shinji opens his eyes, he is surprised to find that the figure of a naked girl... (full context)
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Shinji blinks. Hatsue notices the movement. She screams out for him to shut his eyes, and,... (full context)
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As the storm intensifies, Shinji and Hatsue leap toward one another and embrace. They sink to the floor by the... (full context)
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When it is time for Shinji and Hatsue to head home, they walk the easiest path down the mountain—the path takes... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...says he hopes that one day he can take his mother to a movie, too. Shinji’s mother, crying, orders Shinji to kneel with her before their home’s prayer altar and pray... (full context)
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That night, after visiting the bathhouse with his mother, Shinji spies someone standing on the street looking up at the eaves of one of the... (full context)
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The day before—unbeknownst to Shinji—Chiyoko went to see Yasuo. She told Yasuo that she had seen Shinji and Hatsue coming... (full context)
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After spotting Shinji—and purposefully ignoring him—Yasuo hurries home, where he obsesses about how Shinji managed to bed Hatsue.... (full context)
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...and grabs her by the wrist. He wonders, in the back of his mind, how Shinji managed to seduce Hatsue. Yasuo tells Hatsue that unless she wants everyone in the village... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...because of an immorality in their midst—he says that the god is angry about what Shinji did to Hatsue by sleeping with her. Hiroshi hits Sochan and the two begin fighting... (full context)
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...night, when Hiroshi gets home, he asks his mother what his friend Sochan meant about Shinji and Hatsue sleeping together. Shinji is not yet home from work. Hiroshi’s mother urges him... (full context)
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The next evening, when Shinji’s mother goes to a meeting of the island women’s club, everyone stops talking as soon... (full context)
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...fisherman—who have not noticed his arrival—talking about how Hatsue is a “cracked pitcher” due to Shinji’s dastardly machinations. Terukichi gets out of the bath, dumps ice-cold water over the fishermen’s heads,... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Taihei-maru, Jukichi reaches into his pocket and pulls out a piece of paper. He tells Shinji that earlier, when he passed the Miyata household, Hatsue came outside and gave him the... (full context)
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Shinji is relieved to know that Hatsue still cares so deeply for him. He grows lost... (full context)
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...on the water. Ryuji and Jukichi become just as emotionally invested in Hatsue’s letters as Shinji himself—especially in one letter in particular that describes Yasuo’s assault. Hatsue writes that though she... (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 like Yasuo.... (full context)
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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... (full context)
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...departure, Chiyoko goes down to the beach early in the morning to say goodbye to Shinji. She catches him before he boards the Taihei-maru and bids him farewell—but she cannot bring... (full context)
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...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 she decides she must find a... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Spring is nearing its end already, yet Shinji still has not found a way to meet with Hatsue. Sometimes, Shinji wanders the neighborhood... (full context)
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One night, Shinji takes comfort in visiting the shrine at the ancient burial mound of Prince Deki, a... (full context)
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As the weather turns warm, Shinji’s mother longs to get back to pearl diving. She is bored of doing housework and... (full context)
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Shinji’s mother approaches the surprisingly modest home of Terukichi Miyata. She is nervous—she knows that simply... (full context)
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A moment later, Hatsue returns and sheepishly announces that her father will not see Shinji’s mother. Shinji’s mother, enraged, shouts that she will never again cross the threshold of the... (full context)
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In the aftermath of the incident, Shinji’s mother is embarrassed. She doesn’t tell Shinji what transpired right away—but when she finally confesses... (full context)
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One day, Ryuji brings Shinji a letter from Hatsue that tells of her father’s impending visit from some prefectural officials.... (full context)
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Shinji doesn’t have a watch, but he is so attuned to the rhythms of nature that... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...laughing as they compare their bare breasts and argue over whose are the most shapely. Shinji’s mother is quietly proud of her own breasts, which are the most youthful-looking among the... (full context)
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Shinji’s mother and Hatsue immediately enter the contest along with six other women. They take a... (full context)
Chapter 14
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The rainy season brings Shinji nothing but boredom. Hatsue’s letters have stopped since the incident at the Yashiro Shrine. Shinji... (full context)
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On the day of departure, Shinji and Yasuo board the ferry to the mainland. At the docks, Shinji sees Hatsue whisper... (full context)
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In the city of Toba, Shinji, Yasuo, and the captain board the massive Utajima-maru. The captain shows Shinji and Yasuo to... (full context)
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...six-week-long voyage takes the sailors through towns large and small, and at each new harbor, Shinji feels excitement. Over the course of the long journey, he bonds with his fellow seamen... (full context)
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Life aboard the ship is busy, but Shinji does his best to keep up with his duties. Yasuo, on the other hand, is... (full context)
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Just before midnight, Shinji and Yasuo wake up for their shift to watch the ropes and buoy lines in... (full context)
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Shinji grabs the line, stands still, and listens. He can tell the typhoon is right above... (full context)
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Shinji swims through the roiling waves, exhausted as the buoy seems to only be growing farther... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...returns to the mainland several days behind schedule, toward the end of August. From there, Shinji takes the ferry back to Uta-jima, where Shinji immediately visits the Yashiro Shrine to give... (full context)
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At dusk, as Shinji returns to shore, he spies one of Terukichi’s big freighters out on the ocean. He... (full context)
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...home. At last she replies, writing down the truth of the rumor she began about Shinji and Hatsue earlier in the year. She says she is tormented by guilt and refuses... (full context)
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On the way to Terukichi’s, the lighthouse-keeper’s wife spies Shinji’s mother doing laundry in the stream with some other diving women. Realizing how strange it... (full context)
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...asks what she has to say. He is shocked, however, when five other women, including Shinji’s mother, enter the sitting-room. The lighthouse-keeper’s wife says she wants to talk to Teruichi about... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Shinji can now visit the Miyata house openly. He arrives one night after fishing to collect... (full context)
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At the lighthouse, Shinji calls out to announce their presence. The lighthouse-keeper’s wife opens the door and excitedly invites... (full context)
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At the top, the lighthouse-keeper leaves Shinji and Hatsue alone so that they can enjoy the beauty of the rotating beacon. Though... (full context)