When her grandmother passes, Kana returns to Japan only to find her modern ways clash traditional values of her homeland
Kana, a young woman from Japan is pursuing her career in North America and has adapted to her new environment. However, her new lifestyle has made her emotionally distant and can't seem to sustain a long term relationship. Her mother calls informing Kana that grandma passed away. As Kana returns home to pay her respects, she begins to recall her most intimate conversation with grandma. In their talk, Grandma is proud of Kana for leaving Japan. Kana argues it's even harder to raise a family and sustain a marriage for a lifetime. Grandma tells Kana that their marriage was far from ideal, and to Kana's surprise, Grandma reveals a secret which changes Kana's attitudes on relationships. Memories and the funeral force Kana to look inside herself and examine her own life.
Grandma is the mother of Kana's father. She married Grandpa in an arranged marriage. She lived through WW2 and experienced Post war Japan. She tries to to put happiness into the lives of others but never hers.
Kana is a young woman from Japan who is pursuing her career in North America and has adapted to her new environment. However, her new lifestyle has made her emotionally distant and can't seem to sustain a long term relationship. She has a strong connection with Grandma ever since she had "the conversation". She struggles finding balance between her old self and the new north americanized version of her.
Taxi driver is the chatty driver who has a conversation with Kana as she is heading to the funeral home. He has been driving around people all his life and has pride in his work and believes that he has the best job on earth. He loves his job because he loves meeting new people and taking them to their next destination in life. His hobby is studying German on the Radio.
With all the Neon lights and so much entertainment offered to you, why do we feel so lonely in this city.
Living and working in Tokyo seems fun to foreigners but the reality of this city is that we are all put into a small box every single day. So many people lose their sense of relationship to one another because we are all so busy. We forget that there is a human being next to you living and breathing.
Kana flies back home to pay respect to Grandma. Japanese funerals have many styles, but the lantern and candles are key to creating the atmosphere of the ceremony.
Showa period was Grandma's generation. Relationships within family, friends, lovers back then were very different. We still see some restaurants and street corners in Tokyo that has the same feel to it.