Essay on Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen

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Reflective Statement
I researched the context of the novel and presented about the temporal and spatial backgrounds of Kitchen. During the 1980s, the time frame in which the novel was written, Japan’s economy was booming. This was due to the fact that Japanese industry imitated that of Western nations and produced goods that attracted a lot of customers. This could be seen in the novel when the Tanabes buy expensive Western products such as a juicer and a word processor. In addition, the characters in the novel are often unconcerned about money, which conveys Japan’s strong economy during the 1980s. During the discussion, I realized that Mikage being forced to move out of her apartment could be related to the late 1980s of Japan, when real estate prices increased rapidly.
Prior to the presentation, I was unable to comprehend why characters did not blame anyone for the death of their loved ones which is often seen in other literature works. Through the discussion, I gained an understanding of Japanese literatures which explained my previous curiosity. One characteristic of Japanese literature is the lack of antagonist in the plot because the antagonistic factors and environments are accepted rather than being opposed by the protagonist. In the novel, both Mikage and Yuichi show the process of overcoming and accepting antagonistic features such as despair and grief.
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