I found it so strange that the narrator, a grown woman with two children, was afraid of Hisako. How old was Hisako at the time? I forget, but anyway she was still a child. They’re all being so fanciful in how they describe her, I’m now starting to think that she was just a normal, rather unhappy kid with health issues, and because she was coping well with her disability they all perceived her as something almost supernatural.
I wonder whether the mother being a Christian is significant. I’m not sure about the particular brand of Christianity practiced in Japan. Could she be way too strict in the children’s upbringing? Might she think there was something in the family that needed to be punished?
The narrator’s mother went to answer the phone, and therefore she should be visible through the middle round window, right? Between the prayer room and the washroom. These rooms must also be somehow significant since they were described in such detail.
Let me see if I remember the red car incident correctly. The youngest Aozawa boy found it near the kitchen door (was it inside or outside?). He cleaned it I think, then put it in his pocket to give to the owner when they claimed it. This was before the sake was delivered, if that particular story is to be believed. According to the narrator’s mother now, the car was full of dirt again, on the kitchen floor, at the time the sake was delivered. Her theory, that someone knew about the poisoned sake and wanted to prevent the tragedy, is very strange. Surely you’d do something more drastic if you knew, than just leave it to fate?
At least. He only knew (or admitted) about Hisako. It’s strange that he wouldn’t know about this person, since it seems she was one of the people Saiga saw regularly on every visit, and always seemed to remember something new after each visit.
So many kanji in this book are images, I’m sure it’s one of them. Very annoying both for lookups and for searches.
Are we sure about that though? Everyone was busy celebrating and being poisoned, and I’m sure no one would find it strange if none of the survivors reported seeing her in their immediate surroundings at that particular moment.
By the way, how do you lose your eyesight by falling off a swing? I guess she must have hurt her eyes directly? But I don’t think her eyes look damaged, or people wouldn’t think she was looking at them.
I too liked them, especially the detective with his origami. So sweet to bring one as a present when he went to tell them the news about the case being “solved”. I now wonder whether there’s something written on the other side of the paper if you unfold it…