Mikage is a young woman of early 20's living in Yokyo, Japan. After the immediate death of her only living relative, her grandmother, Mikage is found alone and unable to cope with this reality. Each night, she sleeps in the kitchen, the one room that helps her deal with the pain as she is able to listen to the vibrating sound of the refrigerator. One night, a friend of her Grandmother, Yuichi, knocks on her door and invites her to his place. So, after taking the time to say good bye to her old home, she stays in the apartment of Yuichi and his transgender "mother", Eriko. After settling into her new home, she battles over death, sexuality, and existentialism.
This report prepared by Daniel Singer
Kitchen is a collection of two novellas, titled "Kitchen" and "Moonlight Shadows." In both stories, a young female character struggles to deal with the deaths that surround her. In "Kitchen," Mikage's last living relative, her grandmother, dies, and she moves in with a boy she scarcely knows. After the boy's transsexual father (known in the story as his mother) dies, the two characters realize how much they need one another. "Moonlight Shadows" features Satsuki, a young woman who is haunted by the death of her boyfriend. A strange woman named Urara surfaces in Satsuki's life and helps her to bid a final farewell to her lover.
This report prepared by Judy Berman