The concluding volume in the story of Yaichi, his daughter Kana, and how their meeting Mike Flanagan—Yaichi's brother-in-law—changes their lives and their perceptions of acceptance of homosexuality in their contemporary Japanese culture.
As Mike continues his journey of discovery concerning Ryoji's past, Yaichi gradually comes to understand that being gay is just another way of being human. And that, in many ways, remains a radical concept in Japan even today. In the meantime, the bond between Mike and young Kana grows ever stronger, and yet he is going to have to return to Canada soon—a fact that fills them both with impending heartbreak. But not before more than a few revelations come to light.
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Claiming a Future for Queer Japan
Continuing where the first volume leaves off, we see Yaichi grow increasingly fond of his late brother’s husband, while his skepticism towards the viability of homosexuality in Japan gradually turns to acceptance and even advocacy. Perhaps, the tale is bit facile in parts, but it’s altogether a warm and hopeful read. Enjoyable (and appropriate) for all ages.