One of the major themes of 1Q84 is a cult-like religious organisation. With close to zero knowledge of Japanese culture, except for the commonly shared stereotypes, it was a web search after reading 1Q84 that I realised that such cults or communes are very common in Japan.
Quite a few things about Sakigake left me feeling uncomfortable, but then the rituals and beliefs of cults always do, don't they? I wonder how much of this aspect of 1Q84 is based on reality and how much is it fictionalised.
"That is because most people believe not so much in truth as in things they wish were the truth. Their eyes may be wide open, but they don't see a thing."
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