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Twelve Views from the Distance$
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Mutsuo Takahashi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672776

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672776.001.0001

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Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

(p.93) Heaven and Hell
Twelve Views from the Distance

Mutsuo Takahashi

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter talks about Takahashi Mutsuo’s childhood experience of living in other people’s houses while his mother, Hisako, worked as a maid in Nakatsu and Shimonoseki. The first family Mutsuo stayed in was the Kawaharas, who lived next to his grandmother’s house. After Mutsuo made the old Kawahara couple upset, he was forced to live with the poverty-stricken Kaneko household. At the Kaneko’s, Mutsuo was mostly cared care for by the matriarch named Kimi. When the Kaneko’s moved to another town, Matsuo stayed in an apartment building with an old woman and a couple suffering from tuberculosis.

Keywords:   Takahashi Mutsuo, Hisako, Kawahara, Kaneko, Kimi, tuberculosis, Nakatsu, Shimonoseki

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