So Far from the Bamboo Grove Setting & Symbolism

Yoko Kawashima Watkins
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Nanam

Nanam is Yoko's hometown in the northwestern part of Korea. She was born there and knows nothing about Japan, other than her studies in school, before fleeing the Korean Communists.

Railroad Tracks

The railroad tracks are important pathways for the family as it makes its way south. Hideyo also uses the tracks as guidance on his journey. The Korean Communists murder Japanese people who are unlucky enough to be spotted on the tracks.

Seoul

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and a common destination for the Japanese people running away from the Korean Communists.

Pusan

Pusan is a southern port town in Korea and a destination for refugees who want to return to Japan.

Maizuru

Maizuru is a port town on the main part of Japan. Refugees returning to Japan first land at Maizuru.

Kyoto

Kyoto is a beautiful inland city in Japan that was spared...

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