She knew he was the one who had made the radio announcement to all of Japan declaring that the nation was surrendering to the Allied forces. And she knew he was
revered by the people and even the military.
laugh at with contempt and derision
“So why did you come to Japan if you aren’t loyal to the emperor?” the small girl
a small piece of anything
Hanako remembered suddenly that the emperor’s name was Hirohito, but she was sure this little
snippet of information wasn’t going to impress these girls.
excuse or free from blame
Hanako felt incredibly relieved. She knew she’d still done a bad thing, but she felt free now.
in a pensively sad manner
She paused and looked
wistfully toward the living room.
move about or proceed hurriedly
In America he used to have a kind of chipmunk-like energy, always
scuttling here and there. Here he’d mostly sat still, like the old people in the restaurant used to.
having knowledge and spiritual insight
Yes, the name of his era is Shōwa, and that means ‘bright,
in a disbelieving manner
“You were working in the fields?” Hanako asked
characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
So Hanako exclaimed
impulsively, “Mama, I want to try something new. I’m ready to have my hair cut!”
characterized by directness in manner or speech
“It looks worse than before,” Akira said
giving or marked by complete attention to
Hanako was a little jealous at the way he could get so
engrossed in stuff.
reflect deeply on a subject
“If you froze into place like that, you would be unhappy,” Akira
reflect deeply on a subject
pondered the blanket and carefully set down a blade of grass.
give in, as to influence or pressure
He placed his hands on his hips, furious. He looked kind of adorable, so she
relented and pulled herself away from her grandmother.
in a manner showing a brooding ill humor
“Everyone STOP!” Papa shouted. Then he sat down to stare
sullenly at nothing at all on the table.
compulsory force or threat
“There’s an American lawyer who wants to help all of us who renounced. His name is Mr. Wayne Collins. If you would like to get your American citizenship returned, he will help you. President Roosevelt tried to get rid of us, but Mr. Collins thinks we should be able to come back if we still believe we’re Americans. He feels—and I feel—we made our decision under severe
duress. All of us did.”
the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
Jiichan cleared his throat twice like Papa had. Then three times, as if they were in a throat-clearing competition. He sounded as if he were trying to clear something really big out of his
the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants
In the distance the mountain was green with
part of a rock formation that juts above surrounding land
When they reached the top, Hanako ran to an
outcropping of tan rock and put out her arms as if she were hugging it.
Hanako looked down
admit as a member
The government—Papa often just called them “they”—wanted to
induct the “loyal” men into the army, so they needed to figure out who was a loyal American and who could be discarded as disloyal.
insert between other elements
interjected, “Nobody is more important than anybody else, Hanako.”
be willing to yield
But Hanako raised her chin and refused to
novel; having no earlier occurrence
“Yes, there’s something very special about it.” Actually, she used the word irei, which meant “
unprecedented” or “exceptional.”
in an easily irritated or annoyed manner
“No. I don’t like it. Too many rules. It’s not like the way my family treated me. I always got my way at home.” He stuck out his lower lip
petulantly, just like Akira might, then idly scratched at where his ear had once been.
pass out from weakness or physical or emotional distress
She felt like she might
swoon, like one time when she cut her knees and they bled profusely.
in an abundant manner
She felt like she might swoon, like one time when she cut her knees and they bled
suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose
Thinking of him, she also looked for an
opportune time to ask her grandparents if they needed help in the field. But when she finally did, they said not now.
an irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown
Jiichan was extra busy preparing the
paddy for the rice planting while Baachan made a special bed to plant the rice seeds. Later, once the seeds sprouted, they would be transplanted into the
pulled or drawn tight
When Jiichan reached the other side, he began to push his own peg into the mud, pulling the twine
the act of supplying dry land with water by artificial means
The field used one of the nearby rivers for
irrigation and was deliberately flooded, the water reaching halfway up Hanako’s calf.
a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
She tried to forget that there were probably leeches on her legs at that very moment. She remembered reading once about how they injected
anesthetic into your skin so you couldn’t feel them biting into you.
in a manner expressing sorrow
“Can I have your coat?” she asked
plaintively, stroking it like it was a cat.
a sudden desire
Then, seemingly on a
whim, he even bowed to Mimi.
She was trying to get everything straight in her head. She wasn’t sure she understood! Papa? She felt almost
delirious—and then she thought of Kiyoshi—all alone taking care of his sister all by himself.