Ditches to isolate the quarters from the rest of the city. Zone of liberation for clients --- other side of the bridge. Water often connotes sexuality and sex trade. Seen as fortunate objects that bring business. Goes to the same school with chokichi. She wasn"t about to be impressed she wasn"t going to need her abacus or her books. When she felt so awkward and unhappy where did one begin to explain. Midori is matured and need to become a pleasure woman while shota hasn"t changed and is still a child. One frosty morning, a paper narcissus the color of his robes would never be the same. Midori tries to say sth to nobu using the cloth. Intertextual reference to a poem in lse monogatari. Forced japan to open door to others. Only elementary school is compulsory until 1939. In an attempt to modernize the country, women were required to change their clothing, cosmetics, hair styles, their speech.