Chapters 1 & 2
• Isobe learns his wife, Keiko, is dying and has about four months to live, however, he tells her will take her to a hot springs when she gets better.
• Keiko tells Isobe that the ginko tree outside the window says that life never ends. As Isobe leaves Keiko’s room she takes his hand, which would normally embarrass him.
• While leaving the hospital, Isobe sees a happy couple winning on a game show and it seems to mock him. Isobe prevaricates about Keiko’s prognosis with her mother.
• The house feels empty to Isobe. His personality drove their adopted daughter away, but now that Keiko is in the hospital they are speaking again.
• Keiko’s illness gets worse and very painful, but the hospital delays giving morphine in hopes of extending her life. Isobe visits her daily and writes haikus to himself about her.
• Keiko has a...
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