In her hometown, her long staying there made her parents accept her divorce. Her elder sister who was a pharmacist and single also accepted and advised her to work at her pharmacy. But she still hesitated to divorce. She didn't like to be labeled ‘a divorce woman’.
On the other hand, Shuichi merely received her wish to divorce as ‘the same old joke’, whenever she said, “ Divorce”. So the couple dawdled over their marriage. At last they came to buy a condominium. Though, Kyoko still continued to want to divorce.
However just having a house didn’t make her cease her desire to divorce.
The floor plan of their new house was almost perfect for them. On the south side, there was a Western style living room with kitchen and a Japanese Tatami room with a Japanese closet called Oshiire in Japanese and on the north side, there were two Western style bedrooms with closets. There were balconies on the both south and north side. Other storage closets were set in their house. In addition, a basement storeroom was set under the building.
Comparing the number of their family, just three, Kyoko was satisfied with the space of their house. Their each private time was kept. They each were able to have their privacy. Shuichi used one room on the north side named his study. The other room on the north side was used by Saori. Kyoko used a Tatami room as her own room on the south side.