So Far from the Bamboo Grove

by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

Start Free Trial

In So Far from the Bamboo Grove, what does Yoko get her mother for New Year's Eve?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In chapter 9 of So Far From the Bamboo Grove, Yoko and her sister Ko are struggling to raise enough money to buy clothes—let alone food and gifts—to celebrate New Year's Day.

As the day draws closer, however, they start to find ways to earn money. Yoko sells cans to Mr. Naido and Ko shines shoes. On the big day, Yoko has enough to buy a fish to fry on the fire and an orange for her mother, which she places next to her mother's urn. Yoko says that she wanted to buy her mother a bouquet of flowers, but she didn't have enough money. Ko says she shouldn't have even bought the orange, and the two of them agree to eat the orange at a later date.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team