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Through Taki Kusumoto’s eyes and words we are transported back to the Nagasaki of 1865 and beyond. Taki, the mistress of Japan’s renowned western
physician, Dr Phillip Von Siebold, is unable to let go of the past. Their unconventional and passionate relationship ended abruptly when Siebold was banned from Japan for life on charges of being a spy, in what became known as the ‘Siebold incident’ leaving Taki and their young daughter behind. Dôkei (Longing) presents a struggle between ‘what we wish for and what we hope’. There is no regret or pity in its depiction of Taki’s memories and sacrifice for her first love but lays bare the poignancy of longing for love and happiness.