Page 28. " The singer Chiemi Eri was soon coming to town it seemed. "

Page 31. " the force of bomb blasts "

The Allied forces, specifically the American and British troops, began strategically bombing Japanese cities from 1944 until the end of World War II in August of 1945.

Page 31. " When talking with his fellow intern Toda, Suguro would frequently use a few words of Osaka dialect. "

The Osaka dialect, also known as Kansai-ben or Osaka-ben, is a dialect of Japanese originating in Kansai region of Japan.

Page 44. " he would be able to take care of his parents, who lived in Itojima "

Suguro's parents live about 15 miles west of the university in Itoshima, Japan.