The action in Murakami’s After Dark takes place in one night, and the concept of night is both very literal and symbolic to the characters. Mari meets an interesting group of people throughout the night, and most of these characters are going through their symbolic night, or darkest place. Takahashi is very unhappy with focusing all of his energy on the band, and he is about to change that and hopefully bring about his figurative dawn. Throughout the night, he tells Mari how discontent and depressed he is, for he is in his figurative night. The Chinese prostitute is also in a very dark place, for she is only nineteen and is having to sell herself for the opportunity to be in Japan. Also, this particular night is especially bad for her, and there is not a much worse situation for Mari to find her in than beaten up and stripped of everything she had. Unfortunately, her figurative night may not be anywhere near ending, and we will never know what actually happens to her. Eri Asai might be in the darkest place of them all when we meet her. She has literally been sleeping for two months in a coma-like state with nothing physically wrong with her. We learn from Takahashi that Eri was extremely unhappy with life and had many regrets, but the kind of pain she must have been in to want to sleep for that long must have been severe. For her, the night has been continual for two months; she has not seen the literal or figurative dawn since then. For each of these people, the process to get to the dawn is very hard, and as the bartender said, “Time moves its own special way in the middle of the night. You can’t fight it.” (Murakami 78) However, each one will eventually get there because the night always comes to an end.