Kafka on the Shore Setting & Symbolism

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The Entrance Stone

The Entrance Stone is the mystical stone that Ms. Saeki and Nakata use to open the entrance to the desolate village in the Kochi woods. Most of the time it is a regular white stone — approximately the size of an LP — but then it has the power to open or close the entrance, it becomes incredibly heavy.

The Painting of the Boy on the Beach

This painting is hung in Ms. Saeki's dead husband's study in the Komura Library. It shows a boy on a nearby shore looking out to see. The boy may be her husband or Nakata. It was likely one of the inspirations for her hit song "Kafka on the Shore."

Kafka on the Shore

"Kafka on the Shore" is the hit song written and sung by Ms. Saeki when she was a teenager. She wrote it as a poem...

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