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So Far From the Bamboo Grove

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Yoko Kawashima
11 years old, the youngest one, lives in Nanam, hometown: Japan, Little one- nickname- parents and Ko, Noisy one- hideyo, Yoko- to portect or embrace, favorite subject- English, best friend- Mr. Naido
Ko Kawashima
Yoko's 16 year old sister, smart, kind and, funny, tall and broad- shouldered, good at sewing
Hideyo Kawashima
Yoko's 18 year old brother, the oldest, is to stupid for the army, goes to work in a factory 20 miles from Nanam
Mother Kawashima
the mother, short and slightly built, dies in Kyoto, always had carried alot of money in her cloth
Father ( Yoshio ) Kawashima
the father, a japanese government official, works in Manchuria, comes home by train when he can, and disagrees with the Japanese government
Dr. Yamada
doctor in Nanam, a friend of Father K., bald, and treats patients with a smile
Prime Minister Tojo
the japanese prime minister
Mr. Enomoto
Yoko's school teacher in Nanam
Kawahima Grandparents
the mother and father's parents died in the July bombing, lived in northern Japan: Aomori
Mr. ***ui
Yoko's dance teacher in Nanam
Major Ryu
An army doctor in Nanam
Corporal Matsamura
visits the Kawashimas alot, tells them stories of Japan, is knowledgeable in classical poetry and has translated many poems into modern Japanese, had been assigned to the Niigata Army Hospital in the homeland, nut as his ship had crossed the Sea of Japan, it was attacked by American bombers, he floated on a piece of Driftwood for four days until a fishing boat rescued him. His hometown, Morioka, a castle town where long ago, Lord Taira had lived and governed the district; He had taken over his Father's silk thread and textile business, which had been passed down from ancestors who had woven materials for the lord of the castle and his family.
The Lees
Kawashima family friends, have been working for the Kawashimas faithfully for years, they are Koreans but they are not communists, they end up dead when Hideyo and his friends drop by for some clothes
Dr. Takeda
escapee border doctor, Father Kawashima and the doctor's father were friends at the University, very nice to the family when he is treating Yoko
Shoichi, Shinzo, and Makoto
Hideyo's factory friends that have been with him since kindergarten
Sagano Girls' School
two story school in Kyoto, stood at the foot of Atago Mountain that was surrounded by camellias and bamboo trees, yoko's new school, tuition is 30 yen a month plus the cost of supplies and books
Miss Asada
the pretty, well dressed school clerk
Mr. Ishida
the principal
Mr. Yoshida
the teacher
The girls at the school
all of them have long hair, some in braids, they call her "rag doll" and "trash picker"; they all wear fine clothes and are very wasteful, most of their fathers are very prestigous, and they are all spoiled brats
Mr. and Mrs. Masuda
Mrs. Masuda had watched Yoko and Ko since they had arrived in Kyoto, she owns a small geta (clog) factory on the west side of town, she offers housing to Ko and Yoko (they take it), she pays for Mother Kawashima's funeral truck, Ko and Yoka make a small altar for their mother in their room at the Masuda's house
Mr. Naido
the janitor for Sagano girls' school, he stutters alot, He gives Yoko a lot of used supplies before he throws them in the furnace, he collects cans and sells them for money, Yoko's best friend
The Kim Family
Mr. and Mrs. Kim and their two boys Hee Cho (16) and Hee Wang (18), they lived in a small farmhouse near the thirty- eighth parallel, they help him survive, nurse him back to health, and treat him like another son; He helps the boys learn new things. Mr. Kim was a poor farmer who gave almost all his earnings to the government
Chemise
a women's one piece undergarment, similar to a slip
Evacuate
to move away from a place, especially for protection
Futon
a thin mattress placed on the floor, in place of a bed
Khaki
light, yellowish brown
Rucksacks
backpacks
Torrents
violently rushing streams of water
Ominous
threatening
Reminisce
to remember things from long ago
Unbearable
painful, intolerable
Stalking
to follow and observe someone
Staggered
stumbled
Endure
to keep going despite hardships
Bitterly
resentfully, harshly
Scorn
treat someone with disrespect
Anguish
physical or mental pain, suffering
Frolicked
to run about playfully
Bewildered
confused
Inexcusable
unforgivable
Misery
suffering
Disfigured
ugly, disformed
Emphatic
forceful in speaking
Commotion
disturbance, disorder
Calligraphy
dipping a fat or thin brush in India ink and writing in script or in characters
Tokonoma
alcove
Bu Un Cho Kyu
Good Luck In War
Tabi
socks
Obi
Sash
Yokaren
the student army
Fusuma
panel
Geta
clog
Miso
bean paste
Kimch'i
the hot Korean pickle
Aboji
daddy
Aigo
an expression of sadness