Study Guide

Obasan Characters

By Joy Kogawa

Megumi Naomi Nakane

Megumi Naomi Nakane. Now, is that Meg-Oo-Mee, or Meg-Gum-Eh? Nah-Cane? Nah-Canny? These are...

Obasan Ayako Nakane

Quick! Tell us Obasan's favorite food. Can't remember? How about her hobbies? Do you even...

Aunt Emily Kato

Aunt Emily talks so much in this novel, we are surprised it's not titled after her. The longest...

Stephen Nakane

Why can't big brothers ever be nice? No offense to all you nice big brother Shmoopers out there...

Uncle Isamu a.k.a. Uncle Sam

What is it about uncles? They're always kind of funny and goofy. Even though Uncle Sam has his...

Mother, K. Nakane

Imagine every child's dream of a perfect mother. She's beautiful, gentle, and kind. She never...

Father, Tadashi Mark Nakane

Let's face it: Naomi obviously isn't a daddy's girl. Her dad is almost as absent from this text...

Nakayama-sensei

Nakayama-sensei is the only person who gets a title in the entire novel, so you just know he's...

Grandma and Grandpa Nakane

We're lumping these characters together because they go together like salt and pepper;...

Dr. Grandpa Kato and Grandma Kato

Again, we're sticking these two old geezers together as one character. Even though they didn't...