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Nao Yasutani

Nao Yasutani is a sixteen year-old Japanese girl who is writing in a diary so that she can tell someone about her life. Her family has recently moved back to Japan after thirteen years in Sunnyvale, California. She is bullied by her classmates. They pinch and cut her. This eventually leads to an assault and attempted rape. They even pretend she is dead and have a funeral for her. This makes Nao question her existence.

Nao spends the summer with her great-grandmother a Buddhist nun, who helps her to talk about what is happening to her and to develop her superpower. She loves Jiko and wants to be strong and courageous like her and her great uncle Haruki. Nao takes a few missteps along the way. She drops out of school and becomes entangled in the world of prostitution.

Nao is able to find her way back...

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