Commentary of “Dance Dance Dance” 2
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Commentary of “Dance Dance Dance” 2



This book is not only a thorough criticizing society. Rather, author depicts how human beings should live at such society through "I".



-Contents-
Why is this novel a four-part work? (Part1)
Social criticism in “Dance, Dance, Dance" (Part1)
What is theme of “Dance, Dance, Dance"?
・Can "I" be happy?
・Gotanda's existential significance



What is theme of “Dance, Dance, Dance"?



I think that the theme of this work is "self-regeneration". Sheep man tells like this to 'I', who has experienced many farewells.

May, You cannot be happy. I cannot guarantee that. There may not be your Whereabouts in this world. I cannot say definite things. But you just seem to have solidified so much as you said myself. Once solidified, it will not return. You are not so young anymore. You have lost a lot of things so far. By doing so, you also wear down little by little.

The expression "solidified" means that "I" was getting tired of repeating farewell. The figure of a cat of "I" that was buried in the mountains is described as reminiscent of "lonely death" of himself. In this book, depicts recovery of "I", who experienced many farewells.

Commentary of “Dance Dance Dance” 2


Can "I" be happy?



In this series, author did not give names to characters, such as "I", joint venture managers, former wives, J and Kiki and rats. For convenience reasons, there are many characters that are revealed only nicknames.

characters whose real names are revealed are only Yuki, Gotanda, Yumiyoshi, and Dick North, Taku Makimura. (The name of Taku Makimura is an anagram of Haruki Murakami, I think that the meaning like a nickname is stronger than other characters)

The real name is used only in the characters of this work "Dance, Dance, Dance "He might have intentionally depict characters can be replacement for anyone, such as the reader himself, until the previous story.

However, if the theme of this work "Dance, Dance, Dance" is to create a deep relationship with people, it will not be possible to omit names for the characters. "I" was attracted by a receptionist who wore glasses of the hotel and she was given the name Yumiyoshi (by author) in the process of becoming requiring her.

At this point, Yumiyoshi becomes a Irreplaceable person for "I" and it can be interpreted as "self-regeneration" was fulfilled. However, at the scene of the disappearance of Mr. Yumiyoshi in the sheep man's room and the room where the corpse of person having a deep relationship with "I" was lined up, the possibility of their loss is suggested. Whether “I” will deliver a happy life is not decided yet.


Gotanda's existential significance



Economic success do not directly mean happiness, I felt that from the character Gotanda. Gotanda is an actor, a person who is far more socially successful than "I".

However, he was unable to distinguish himself from fictional form that used in a job, and he had uncontrollable feeling. It is expressed implicitly that happiness is not social status but relationships with people is the key.

This work was published in 1988. At the heyday of the bubble economy, people have found a pleasure in economic development and money spent. Happiness does not mean that  becoming economically rich, the public noticed this fact after the collapse of the bubble. I think that the author had already said a quiet warning at the time of the bubble economy.