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Kotomichi is the trusted aide of Trade Minister Tagomi of the Japanese Pacific States, and is revealed to be from an alternate timeline (likely ours) where his home city of Nagasaki fell victim to atomic warfare.

Biography

Early Life

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Season One

When Tagomi comes to realize the ultimate effects of his actions, he admits to Kotomichi that he starting to think he is only an old fool. Kotomichi then responds to Tagomi that he is "a good one, perhaps too good for this world," urging Tagomi to continue with his consulting of the I Ching and to not lose hope, which surprises Tagomi, prompting him to ask Kotomichi if there is something wrong but he evades the question.

Season Two

In one episode Kotomichi is shown with burn scars on his right arm; this, added to his reluctant reaction when Tagomi comments on Nagasaki as a "beautiful city," has led many fans of the series to speculate that Kotomichi is originally from the timeline where the Allies have won World War II and that he is a Hibakusha or survivor to the nuclear explosion of Nagasaki, making his presence in The Man in the High Castle universe a mystery.

It is later revealed in Season two, that in fact, Kotomichi is originally from a universe (similiar to our own) where Japan lost World War II and Nagasaki was destroyed by an atomic bomb. As result of the nuclear destruction, Kotomichi lost his family and was gravely injuried, however while in a hospital to recover, Kotomichi trains himself in meditation techinique to distance himself from the pain of his wounds, unknowing gaining the power to travel in a different reality(the Man in the High Castle's ones) where Nagasaki was not destroyed and his family was still alive (though is not clear if Kotomichi "alter ego" was still alive too, possibly having died in the war as result of the different timeline).

Eventually, Kotomichi continued to live in his new reality, meeting and working for Tagomi, and when he recognize Tagomi experiences of his "travels" as his own, he continued to support Tagomi, urging him to continue with his meditation, feeling that Tagomi may be happier in a different reality of his own, even covering his absence at the Trade Mission when Tagomi meet his family in a different reality.

When Tagomi return in his own reality, he meet with Kotomichi who admit to come from a different reality and explain his story to Tagomi, agreeing to help him to stop the unfolding of the war between the Japanese Empire and the German Reich, using Juliana "alter ego" fiilm of the Bikini Atollo's Nuclear Tests as prove of the Japanese's nuclear achievement to the Nazis' leadership.

Appearance & Personality

As the series progresses, Kotomichi is shown to be a trusted aide to Tagomi, helping him in every possible way at the Trade Mission and with his work. Tagomi, however, never includes Kotomichi in his special mission and partnership with Rudolph Wegener. Kotomichi, being caring and protective towards Tagomi, is shown having a cold attitude toward others in the Trade Mission, especially with Juliana Crane, since Kotomichi fears that her presence will cause trouble for Tagomi, given her past experiences with the Kempeitai.

Relationships

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Appearances

Season One
"The New World"
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"Sunrise"
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"The Illustrated Woman"
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"Revelations"
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"The New Normal"
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"Three Monkeys"
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"Truth"
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"End of the World"
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"Kindness"
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"A Way Out"
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Season Two
"The Tiger's Cave"
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"The Road Less Traveled"
TBA
"Travelers"
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"Escalation"
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"Duck and Cover"
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"Kintsugi"
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"Land O' Smiles"
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"Loose Lips"
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"Detonation"
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"Fallout"
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Gallery

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Notes & Trivia

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References

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