MBTI Type: ISFJ
Tagomi is a principled and settled man, often caught up in the past. He practices all the rituals of Japan despite his long-term investment in living in America. He tends his garden, keeps his home tidy, and mourns his wife, visiting her shrine each day to remember her. Tagomi is careful and even fearful of taking chances; he does not want to get too caught up in a plan to help the Allies that could get him and his loved ones killed. He keeps a routine of consulting his sticks to foretell events, and displaces most of his trust in “how things can be different” in external places, until he discovers he can time travel. Once he does so, Tagomi uses it to shift into another world… and find his “other” family. At first, he does not see how this knowledge could be useful in preventing bad things from happening in his universe. Tagomi is an intensely emotional and personal man. He has a great deal of compassion for others, and often knows what the ethical decision is to make (he tries to convince the general to transport bomb pieces other ways, so radiation won’t kill innocent women and children on busses; though he has no personal ties to the Americans, he sees them as being worthy of saving simply because they are human beings) but almost never tries to ‘force’ those views on others. He takes in Juliana out of the kindness of his heart, and because he senses something different about her. Tagomi doesn’t tell his family anything about the parallel universe, nor try to apologize for the other Tagomi’s actions in excess – he just sets about being a different man. He is a practical and careful man, because he knows what his own government is capable of – but also takes risks for the greater good. He seems to want to understand how time travel, and the universe itself (through his foretelling sticks) works.
Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp
Tagomi embodies the quiet, settled spirit of the 9. He does not want conflict and is quick to apologize to his superiors. He is somewhat cowed but also stubborn with Kido, realizing that he cannot give in too much or the man will see weakness in him. Tagomi tries to push people to do the right, moral things, but when that fails, finds sneaky, stubborn ways around them. He is distressed to realize his alternate self caused his family hurt feelings, and wants to calmly, quietly “fix it.” Tagomi self-soothes in his many rituals and habits. His 1 wing calls him to be principled and moral. It sees room for improvement in Japan’s dealings with the Occupied States. Tagomi can be forceful when necessary.