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So Far From The Bamboo Grove Timeline
Transcript of So Far From The Bamboo Grove Timeline
In the book Yoko writes "There was such screaming and yelling that the stationmaster could not hear Mother.
"Corporal Matsumara! He said that you were his friend." The man looked at us. We were not going to make it. My stomach was misbehaving again."
When Yoko, Ko, and mother were walking along a path, they were stopped by three Korean Communist soldiers. The soldiers were about to shoot and kill them but the Americans dropped a bomb way behind them, killing the Korean soldiers, leaving Ko and Mother unharmed but leaving Yoko with pieces of the metal shell in her chest and ear.
Seoul train station
Hideyo Joins the
Soldiers of the Japanese Army
Mother passes away
When Mother returns from Aomori, she tells Ko and Yoko that her parents are dead and that nothing is left from the bombings. Mother dies later that day, leaving her children distraught and depresed. Mrs. Masuda helps the family to bring Mother to the crematorium, thirty minutes before Ko returns from the University. Ko and Yoko pick up Mother's ashes the next morning and use a mess kit as an urn.
The money in the pouch
The next morning Yoko discovers that something is between the layers of fabric that make up the wrapping cloth. Ko investigates and finds a zippered pocket with money in it, thirty-six thousand yen, which is the equivalent of one hundred 1945 dollars.
Ko discovers a farmer's field and negotiates for corn and tomatoes, even though the farmer hates Japanese. She decives him with her flawless Korean. Mother is disappointed that Ko has become a liar and a robber, and Ko replies that she does what she must for their survival. Yoko's chest and ear wounds continue to cause her pain.
The family makes it to Seoul, where they are interrogated, being as they wear Korean Communist uniforms. They learn that the war is over and hear about the atomic bombs that had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Doctor Takeda attends to Yoko's wounds. He removes a piece of shrapnel from her ear and dresses her chest wound, then gives Mother medicine to apply at regular intervals to treat the infections. The family stays at the train station and waits for Hideyo. Ko scrounges for food in garbage cans, while Mother shaves their heads.
Corporal Matsumura tells them that the Korean Communist Army is trying to kill them because of their father's work for the Japanese government. So they go to the station in Nanam.
Arriving in Japan
The family arrives in Japan, where they expect to be cared for by Yoko's grandparents. They report to the refuge camp, and the next day Mother tries to contact her parents in Aomori by mail. The mail is returned as undeliverable. They stay for weeks waiting for Hideyo to arrive, but then leave for Aomori by train. Mother decides that Ko and Yoko should stay in Kyoto and attend school, so the family gets off the train at the Kyoto station. Mother arranges for the school and continues on to Aomori. Yoko notices that Mother takes a big wrapping cloth with her to the restroom, which seems a strange thing to do.
On a streetcar that takes them to the Sagano Girl's School, Mother points out landmarks for Yoko. Kyoto is still in good shape, because the city was not bombed during the war, due to its cultural importance. The school accepts Yoko.
One night, Hideyo told his mother that he made a decision to join
the student army. He told them that he wanted to help his country in this time of war. Instead of having old and feeble men fighting, he thinks that the younger, stronger men should volunteer fight in the war.
Onto The Train
Seoul, South Korea in 1950
Hideyo and Yoko
While walking along a
building, Yoko comes across a young man who called out to her in perfect Japanese. As he approaches her, she can see him more clearly. Once he is close enough, Yoko sees that he is Hideyo. They hug and walk home to Ko.
Project by: Miranda Morrison and Matthew Anderson
Book by: Yoko Kawashima Watkins