BC: The End
FC: The Samurai's Garden Scrapbook by Gabrielle Goss
1: Matsu's Entry September 18th, 1937 Today Stephen was very outgoing. First off, he went into the ocean. Second off, he was asking me questions that I thought were pretty personal. When Stephen asked me if I ever got lonely, I was shocked. Do I seem lonely? Stephen didn’t seem like he would open up to me when I first was getting to know him, he seemed weak and shy. After I went to the store, he followed me into the kitchen and watched me cook. It is kind of weird, having someone else here for a change. I do not know if I like it or not. If I decide to open up to Stephen, what will he think of me?
2: Sachi's Entry October 9th, 1937, Yesterday, Matsu brought a young boy to Yamaguchi. The boys name is Stephan and he is a very kind gentleman. Stephan at such a young age, was cursed with Tuberculosis, I feel for him, he deserved to live a long life. I hope that he gets healthy and can live as long as he can. I wonder what Stephan thought of me, did he think I was weak? Hopefully not, he is such a sweet boy. I hope he visits me again, I would like to show him my garden.
3: Sachi's Entry October 31, 1937, I am so happy Matsu brought Stephan with him again. I love having visitors, especially people like Stephan. Stephan is full of talent, he drew me a beautiful painting of the ocean, I will cherish it forever. Also, I am so excited that Stephan loves my garden. Next time he comes to visit he should plant some flowers.
4: Matsu's Entry February 5th, 1938 Yesterday was very traumatic. Stephan and I were walking to Tama Shrine, and as we were walking through the village we saw Kenzo’s limp body in the teahouse, hanging. Kenzo was dead. Why did Kenzo have to take his life over such a small thing? If Sachi staying in Yamaguchi would’ve saved Kenzo’s life I would never have let her come down to help me. None of this was Sachi's fault, she would have been in Yamaguchi still if it was not for me. Kenzo was such a good friend, why did he have to take this so far?! I hope Sachi comes to the funeral because I know that is what Kenzo would have wanted.
5: Kenzo's Suicide Letter I can not believe I am leaving the world like this. I was at such bad terms with the two people I cared about the most. Sachi has lost all love she has ever had for me and now I have no reason to live. Now being dishonored of the two closest people I have I can not help but feel pain. I need to leave and let Sachi live a happy life with Matsu. They deserve each other. I feel so bad for hurting Sachi on the inside and outside, I was just so jealous of there relationship that I could not let her love someone else, knowing that she loved him more that she ever loved me. I wish I never said those words but I have to leave now and let them be. Sincerely, Kenzo
6: "Isn't it interesting Stephen-san... how sometimes you must cut away something in order to make it grow back stronger?" (193). | "With Matsu, everything is in what he does not say" (59). | "He showed me that life is not just from within, it extends all around you, whether you wish it to or not."(Sachi) | Garden Tools: to represent his love for gardens. Also, he says it gives a sense of calmness to him.
7: Japanese Pine Tree: to represent growth between all of his relationships. How each branch is sharp but puts off a refreshing smell once you take off a piece. This is like his relationship with both Sachi and Stephen because he had to get broken into to come out and actually be himself, and when he was broken into, what a man he was.
8: Sachi's Scarf: her scarf covered her scars from the horrible disease of Tuberculosis. That disease is what made her move to Yamaguchi, and separated herself from Kenzo, which allowed Matsu to come in and take his place. | Stephens Train Ticket: his train ticket shows his transformation from being ill to healthy. When he left Kobe, he had no idea he would be in for what happened. This is portraying his journey that happened in Tarumi.
9: Japanese Garden: I based this garden off of Matsu's, how is has a wooden bridge, big pine trees, cherry blossoms, and a stone path. Also it said "An oval shaped pond, with hints of movement that flashed orange and silver beneath its surface..." (10)
10: Stephen-san, I am sorry for the unfortunate timing of my brother's injury. This war cannot be held responsible for the outcome of our relationship because there are many other reasons that you have not learned of. All I need you to know is that we were together for a reason and that your disease might have seemed like a curse, but to me it was the start to a relationship and turned out to be an auspicious time for me. Whenever I think too much about how we love each other, it breaks my heart because in the back of my head I know it is impossible for us to be together. That night when you kissed me I felt something that I have never been able to feel before, at that moment I knew that we had something strong. But what did we have? This is how I want you to think back of this time, it will be the only hope for us and help you through this time of being broken like me. I Will Always Remember You, Keiko