The Lake (Banana Yoshimoto novel)

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The Lake (みずうみ Mizūmi) is a 2005 novel by Banana Yoshimoto, translated into English by Michael Emmerich, and inspired by the infamous, real-life Aum Shinrikyo cult [1][2][3]


After her mother's death, Chihiro moves to Tokyo, where she sees a mysterious man, Nakajima, standing in the window of his home opposite hers, and watching her. Nakajima seems to have been a victim of a childhood trauma. Chihiro begins to fall in love with him but his dark past threatens to tear them apart. [4][5]


  • Chihiro : Born to unmarried parents. Her father is a businessman and her mother is the owner of a bar. She is a graphic artist.
  • Nakajima : A mysterious man with a dark troubled past involved with the Lake.
  • Mino : Nakajima's friend, brother to bed-ridden seer Chii. He acts as Chii's mouthpiece.
  • Chii: a bed-ridden seer who is barely conscious; sister of Mino with whom she communicates telepathically.


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