Ineko has lost the ability to see things. At first it was a ping-pong ball, then it was her fiancé. The doctors call it ‘body blindness’, and she is placed in a psychiatric clinic to recover. As Ineko’s mother and fiancé walk along the riverbank after visiting time, they wonder: is her condition a form of madness – or an expression of love? Exploring the distance between us, and what we say without words, Kawabata’s transcendent final novel is the last word from a master of Japanese literature.