Nagi is also shown on these steps, chasing after her brother. Nagi too wants to overcome her difficulties, and reach the same level as Takeshi. In the second opening we see Nagi mounting the steps as a child, scrambling after Takeshi. Then, it jumps forward and we see her as a teenager, still following in her brother’s footsteps. The same shrine is shown once again when Nagi and Kousei have an argument. At first, they sit on the steps; this illustrates how they are currently having a stalemate. However, after talking and enjoying sweet potatoes together, they make up and begin playing Jankenpon (Rock, Paper, Scissors) while going up the stairs. This symbolizes how Nagi now accepts Kousei and that he will help her get through whatever challenges she faces.
The story opens with Miss Brill delighting in her decision to wear her fur. She notices that there are more park-goers than there were last Sunday, and that the band is more enthusiastic because the Season has commenced. Miss Brill observes facets of the lives around her, "listening as though she didn't listen, ...sitting in other people's lives just for a minute while they talked round her". She sees the world as a play: as though her surroundings are a set and she and her fellow park-goers actors. She imagines that the band's performance corresponds with and highlights the park's happenings. When the band strikes up a new song, Miss Brill envisions everyone in the park taking part in the song and singing. She begins to cry at the thought.