Banana Yoshimoto Essays
Love—A glimpse into a Cloudy Sky 11th Grade
Set in postmodern Japan, the novella Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto is a tale of two young people struggling to find a means of self-expression. Suspended in a fast-paced society that often isolates them in a state of constant restlessness, the main...
The Burden of Loneliness: Imagery, Motifs, and Messages in Kitchen College
In the Japanese novel, Kitchen, translated by Megan Backus, the author, Banana Yoshimoto, manipulates the motif of light in constructing ups and downs in Mikage’s life to show that loneliness leads to despair, while a connection to others induces...