Naoko Kawamata

Appeared in:

The Grudge 3


Nakagawa Kawamata (mother)
Kayako Kawamata (sister)
Daisuke (husband)







Portrayed by:

Emi Ikehata


Naoko Kawamata is a character in The Grudge 3, portrayed by Emi Ikehata.


Naoko is the younger sister of Kayako Saeki. She spent her childhood with her sister and mother at a small rural village in Japan. The sisters were subjected to their mother's rituals, which traumatised them. Naoko grew up dreaming of the rituals and married Daisuke. Kayako watched over Naoko after her death. Eventually, Naoko was blamed for the deaths (due to her familiar link to Kayako). At some point, she obtained Kayako's diary and a portion of her blood. After the deaths at the Chicago apartment, she saw Jake's death in her dream and woken up. Later, she found news reports on the case, left by her coworkers on her table. Naoko decided to try and put an end to the curse, against Daisuke's wish. She comes to the decaying and cursed Chicago apartment building and meets the building's syndic Max and his sisters Lisa and Rose, sympathizing with them. Naoko later went to a sidewalk with Lisa and Rose, and told Lisa about her childhood and Kayako's fate. She also explained to Lisa the true reason of deaths and disappearances in their apartment building and told her of the grudge curse, which had taken over their place. Naoko then revealed her true reasons to move, telling about the banishing ritual, and asking for Lisa and Rose's participation. Lisa, however, refused to join in. Naoko later visited Jake's funeral and watched Lisa talking to doctor Sullivan about Jake. Naoko was later visited by Lisa, who was expelled from their apartment by a possessed Max, and told her their time was running out before they would be taken. Lisa agreed to perform the ritual and stealthily took Rose from the apartment. Naoko reunited with them and started the ritual at the Kimble's apartment. Rose was required to drink Kayako's blood, to which Lisa refused to allow her. They were then surprised by Max, who attacked and pursued Naoko throughout the building, while Lisa and Rose were pursued by Kayako. Eventually, Naoko was brutally killed by Takeo just as Kayako was. Rose drank Kayako's blood, and the ghosts vanished. Lisa found Naoko's corpse in the hall, at the feet of a disturbed Max. Naoko returned to take Max in the hall, with Lisa later discovering his corpse.


  • Naoko is the first and only character to ever use the term "Ju-on" to explain the curse. Nakagawa explained it to Karen, but never used the term.
  • Since no one previously searched for Naoko, Kayako presumably made no mention of her in her diary.
  • Naoko's onryō uses a kimono, as onryou are traditionally depicted in Japanese folklore.
  • The journal Naoko owns is slightly different from the one seen in previous films. The diary was visibly a paperback notebook whilst hers is a hardcover one.
  • It is unknown where or how Naoko got possession of Kayako's journal.


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