The Big Wave 1

12 05 2011

In The Big Wave, Kino’s father says, “Ocean is there and volcano is there.  It is true that on any day ocean may rise into storm and volcano may burst into flame.  We must accept this fact, but without fear.  We must say, ‘Someday I shall die, and does it matter whether it is by ocean or volcano, or whether I grow old and weak?’ —- Do not be afraid.  When you are afraid, you are thinking about them all the time.  Enjoy life and do not fear death-that is the way of a good Japanese.”

Think about the recent tragedies in Japan and try to apply Kino’s father’s words to that situation.  How do you think that way of thinking has helped or hurt Japan?  Could you live your life that way?  How?

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112 responses

12 05 2011
D.J.C.

It would help. You are able to live your life longer because you do not spend time worrying. I think I could if I tried. I would have to spend my whole life afraid of nothing. I also would have to not be worried about anything.

13 05 2011
golsen13

D.J. knowing you its impossible for you not to worry about anything.

13 05 2011
Claire

Even if i tried not to worry about things like that, i wouldn’t be able to do it.

13 05 2011
Lindsay F.

same here no way could i forget about my family

13 05 2011
Ammar I.

D.J I tested you and you don’t really have much of a will power. You can’t resist food. No offense.

13 05 2011
Carli C.

Americans have a hard time doing so. If you really were in a life-or-death situation, you would be fraeking out.

13 05 2011
Sam I

That’s true Carli. If you were a Japanese you would do what you could and not worry about your loved ones until you had time to worry. If you were American which we are you would be scared to death and worry a lot about your loved ones and as Mr. Curtis was saying we would curl up in a ball and bull our eyes out.

13 05 2011
Autumn E.

Wow. I know I could never do that. It would be much to hard for me to block everything out and not be afraid.

12 05 2011
Abbie B.

The way of the Japenese is to “enjoy life do not fear death”. I think the way of the Japanese helps a lot. If you did not fear death than “moving on” would be so much easier. After every trajedy you would grieve but you would “move on” you would be able to go on with your life. If you did not fear death you would not be so worried about everything. It’s like your saying don’t drive a car you might get in a car accident and get hurt, possibly killed. You are to afraid to do anything it is like you are throughing your life away, because all you are doing is cowering in fear over something you have no idea when it will happen.

13 05 2011
Monica G.

I agree with what you are saying. That they learn to enjoy life and not fear death. Also i think that moving on is a great way to live your life too. I mean its sad they have to try and enjoy life and live it to the fulliest

17 05 2011
Alejandro. S

I agree, if you hold on to something to long you can ruin your life but if you let it go and move on you can help other peoples life in need.

18 05 2011
Maegan G.

I totally agree. I think the quote the Japanese live off of, also works on anyone that’s afraid.

12 05 2011
Abbie B.

It probably helps Japan greatly if they can just brush off what happened and forget about it.

13 05 2011
Autumn E.

The “way of a good Japanese” is what makes Japan stronger. They are able to turn off the worry in their head. They could forget about their wife at the moment just so they can save the people closer to them. I know I couldn’t live this way. If someone in my family died I would probably be depressed. I couldn’t think about anyone, but that person.

13 05 2011
Martina

I would be depressed if someone in my family died too. But i agree that the way of a good Japanese has definitely made Japan a stronger place. 🙂

17 05 2011
Alejandro. S

I agree Autumn, Why cant we be like that.

13 05 2011
jenna l.

well autumn wouldn’t you worry about the persons spouse. some people are so depressed once their husband/wife dies that they are suicidal. then you would have to worry about everyone that is really close to that family member.

13 05 2011
Carli C.

Japan’s mentality is their strength.

13 05 2011
Martina K

I agree it has totally made Japan a stronger place. 🙂

13 05 2011
SarahL

I agree that it would make Japan stronger and keep them from stop worrying about what will happen to them.

13 05 2011
Carli C.

It has definitely helped Japan. If they didn’t think that way, they would not rebound as quickly. They are already rebuilding. Hurricane Katrina,they spent like a year being all sad. In New Orleans, some things are still in rubble. People are still sending money and clothes and food. That was in 2005. Its 2011. Six Years! In that time, Japan will be up and running again. Maybe even sooner. How come the US cant have this mentality. It would help a bunch of people. I could not live my life like that. I would be too busy worrying. I didn’t grow up with that mentality and I it wouldn’t work for me.

13 05 2011
golsen13

Hurricane Katrina is a great example. The people thought the cared when the really didn’t.

17 05 2011
Alejandro. S

I agree with grant. Hurricane Katrina was devastating and people thought they were helping rebuild but they just kept on crying thinking that the city would rebuild itself.

13 05 2011
Nikolas S

I don’t get it, you question why the US does not have that mentality but then you say that you could not live like that?

13 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

That is exactly what I was thinking! They rebound like a bouncy ball. Once they drop, they bounce right back up! 🙂

13 05 2011
Autumn E.

Same here. It’s much too complicated to not be afraid or worried.

13 05 2011
Martina

Yeah i agree, if i don’t grow up that way, then i know that i wouldn’t be able to change the way i live. the way of a good Japanese is not the way i plan on living in the future. its not for me. But the way of a good Japanese works out for Japan, I wonder what the U.S. would be like if we liked the way of a good Japanese? 🙂

13 05 2011
Sean

The way of thinking would help Japan by making them not fear death. They could die for their country to allow others to rebuild. I couldn’t live my life that way because i would still fear at least one thing. I would probably fear a volcano or maybe a large tsunami but not of old age. I know i could die of it some day.

13 05 2011
golsen13

That kind of thinking has helped Japan. It helps them get through times that most other people would not be able to get through. I helped them during the major earthquake that struck 2 months ago. I think it would be hard to live like the Japanese. I would probably think of family first.

13 05 2011
Tyler J Gibson :-D

i agree grant family is practically everything and family comes first at all time

13 05 2011
Nikolas S

I think it is helping Japan a lot. It is helping because Japan is always moving forward. They are always improving their towns and villages. Lets say a town was destroyed by a tsunami, they don’t morn about people dieing, but the say “OK you destroyed our town, but now we can improve it.” they get right to work cleaning and improving. I could probably not be able to live like a “good Japanese.” But if I really try i might be able.

13 05 2011
Claire

I think these words helped Kino because he now understands the way of a good Japanese and how to be one. Although, I would not be able to live this way, not caring about what happens and finding a good way to make every tradegy seem good, like the Japanese. Although i wouldn’t be able to live like this it is a good way to live because they just brush off the tragedies and find something good out of them. For example, if there is a tsunami and their village was ruined, they would think it’s a chance to rebuild their village, which is a good way to live life, but also a bad way because they don’t care that much if people die in tragedies like tsunami’s and earthquakes.

13 05 2011
Jes B.

The way of a good Japanese is too forget the tragedies for now and fix what needs to be fixed. This has been a good thing for Japan. Japan gets hit with earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. all the time so to think this way would be the best for them. I wouldn’t be able to think this way. I am one of people who if something bad happens I think about it and won’t forget about it for a while. It would be very hard for me just to put it out of my mind. If good Japanese think this way coo dos to them because I would never be able too.

13 05 2011
Martina

The way of good Japanese is very extraordinary, but it seems very useful for Japan. A tsunami hit about 2 months ago in Japan and many people either died or suffered from injuries. But so far they have been able to rebuild many buildings and clean most of the mess, which is awesome. So i think this way of living has really helped Japan get through many tragedies. Especially since they live by volcanoes, earthquakes, and the ocean. However, if i had to live my life like this i wouldn’t be able to. It just seems so heartless. I wouldn’t be able to let my family go so fast. I always put my family before others. But I would still make an attempt to try and save others. The way of a good Japanese is not the way for me. I wonder how Japan would be after tragedies if they did not live like this? They would probably still be crying over all their loved ones. But you never know! 🙂

18 05 2011
Thaisha N

I feel the same way too. If I had to live that way too, I would suffer a lot. I would be saying to myself that I would need to move to a different country or even a different continent. I would evacuate right away!!!

13 05 2011
Ammar I.

This helps japan. Yes you will die. But don’t think that.Just enjoy your life and not think about death. It doesn’t just mean to not to be afraid. It also means if a something bad happens to a loved one you can’t just think about it. You can’t do anything about it. I don’t think I might be able to do that. I’m sometimes afraid. Also if somebody dies I can’t stop thinking about it. But it’s worth a try.

13 05 2011
Jake R.

I think that too. If you think about it it will just make you more sad and you have to just fight it and not think about it.

13 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

I think it helps Japan because it shows that they can do anything. Like thy could fight through an earthquake because a month later they will be back to normal. If they have a tsunami well guess what they are fine now. So yes Japan can fight through anything and it helps hem not hurts.
Personally, I don’t believe I could do that. I would ball my eyes out until all the water in my body just disappeared because Japan, I don’t know how they could do that. That would ruin my life forever if something happened to my country, and I was there. I’m still emotional about recent things that happened here. Life just wouldn’t work the same for me.

13 05 2011
jenna l.

i think that this way of thinking has helped japan. it has given them enough reason to not be afraid of death and to keep helping each other. personally i think that i could live like this. but it might be hard, i don’t personally dwell in the past but i do show emotion for the present. worrying for me though only comes when i depend on myself which i will not have to depend on myself to die therefore i am not afraid to die or worried about it either.

13 05 2011
Eva R.

I don’t think that I could not be afraid to die. I mean, I love my life. I love everything about it. The people, the places, and most importantly the fact I can get this one time experience. I don’t think I could ever be like you. You are really brave.

13 05 2011
Jenna L.

Thanks but the only reason I am not afraid is because I LOVE my life and have so far aha a good one! Therefor I won’t have any regrets just a clean slate when I die!

13 05 2011
Collin D

I think that it has helped japan greatly, like the story with the mayor, I think that because the mayor didn’t go to find his wife he was able to save many more people in that city hall. If I were in his position I would devastated. I am part Japanese and I think that the way they live takes a lot of courage, to simply give up all of your family members and simply forget a loved one in a time of crisis and only care about the people that are around you that you can help, possibly complete stranger. So no I don’t think I could live the Japanese way, ready to accept the death of loved ones.

13 05 2011
Joseph A

That is how I feel too. He saved people before his own family. I could never do that. I would be terrified that everyone and everything I loved was gone.

13 05 2011
Maisie M.

Now that I read this I start to go more with what you think! I mean you have to accept death no matter what. great response Collin! I think i could possibly live the Japanese way but it would take a long time to get used to something like that. In a bad situation it is hard to just completely shut off all emotions and save them for later.

13 05 2011
Lauren W.

Kino’s father said,”Enjoy life and do not fear death,”, because that is what makes a good Japanese. I think this way of thinking has probably actually helped Japan. If you think in this way, you can recover from tragedies more quickly. For example, the Tsunami that recently occurred in Japan was a very horrible thing to happen, but Japanese people probably are already trying to find a way to restore their country to what it was before the Tsunami. I probably couldn’t live my life in this way. But, if I could, I would do it by trying to forget all the bad things that have happened in the past, and do what is best for the present time and future. Sitting around greaving over bad things that have happened won’t accomplish anything, I would have start making plans for the future, and choose not to live in the past. That is the way of a good Japanese.

13 05 2011
ALEX R.

It probably would of helped them because it would give them work ethic. With
work ethic they could rebuild and rescue more people faster. The only way it could hurt them is if someone takes it to the extreme and goes into extreme danger without fear. Another way is if like Kino you think if you do not fear it you are it can’t hurt you. I think I could live this code or way but I don’t think I could do it through all the tragedies that Japan has been through. I could accept that I am going to die one day and make a sacrifice. I don’t think I could not think about my family for three weeks.

13 05 2011
NateJiG

This thinking helps Japan in every way. This saying helps Japan get over the fear of tsunamis and volcanoes erupting. These natural disasters always hit Japan cause it is in the worst location possible. But when they think this way, they are getting over their fear and knowing that they can rebuild anything they want, like an Etch-a-Sketch. This is just like when Mr. Curtis was talking about that man who saved all the people in his building, but not his wife. He couldn’t save her, there was nothing he could do. When Mr. Curtis told us that story, I started thinking about Ryan Rames. He was walking his dog when his dog got off his leash and fell through the ice. There was absolutely nothing he could do, but he tried to do something anyway. The man in Japan would have died if he went for his wife, so he didn’t.

13 05 2011
Brianna

I think that the tsunami helped Japan. Now they have a chance to rebuild everything and start over. They would put all of the people who died aside for later. They could make their cities and towns better then they were before. Which can help them in many ways. But I think that after all of the rebuilding and stuff is done that it will hurt them. Cause then they would think about everybody who died from the tsunami. So its a good and bad thing. This is why they shouldn’t live in fear all the tsunami and volcano. They happen all the time in Japan so they have to get use to them. If they are afraid of them it will make everything worst. Not living in fear of a tsunami or volcano is a “way of a good Japanese”.
I wouldn’t be able to live how they do. It would be to hard to put all of the other people aside, while you help the ones around you. And then you wouldn’t find out who died until after they rebuild anything. It would be to sad to have to do that.

13 05 2011
SarahL

I do agree with that they shouldn’t worry about will happen can now build a new city.

13 05 2011
Alejandro .S

This made me think a little. A good thinks about people who he can help in the time of need. He thinks about his wife and kids later after the people he can help are okay. A good Japanese must trust that he can depend on other people closer to his family to help them.
I don’t know if i could do that. I care about my parents and siblings. I’m not saying that Japanese don’t care about there family I am saying that to me I have been thought that family comes first. I am capable of being a good Japanese but i don’t chose to. I don’t cry at funerals. I think about what is going to happen next. How it is going to affect my families life and my life.
If I knew my parents were dead i would try to rebuild.

13 05 2011
Hailey A.

This way of thinking has helped Japan in many ways. One way is that they are able to fight through their fears to help people survive these challenges. By being able to fight through their fears, more people will keep their lives because they will be able to help save them. That is just one way this way of thinking can help Japan.
Another way it can help Japan is that the people will get through the death of a loved one. By doing this they will spend less time crying and more time working to fix Japan. This will help Japan be able to rebuild faster to get people that are homeless homes.
I don’t think that I could live life this way. It takes me at least three days to get over the death of my family members. It only took that mayor a couple of minutes to get over the death of his wife. If I had to live life this way it would take some time to get used to it before I could do anything like that mayor did.
If I had to live in Japan it would be very hard for me. Not only because I couldn’t think the way they do, but I would not be able to face my fear of tsunamis, earthquakes, or volcanoes.

13 05 2011
Antonio M

This has definitely helped out Japan. If Japan did not put things aside they would never be able to rebuild things or get food and water. In their mind they would help anyone they can. However I could not think like the Japanese. I would spend all my time worrying about where my family is and if they are in danger or even alive. Growing up I wouldn’t be able to live my life happily constantly thinking about it. The way I look at it if a natural disaster occurs somewhere that place will be destroyed forever. The Japanese think tsunamis and volcanoes can’t hurt us. We will just keep rebuilding. This is the way the people of the U.S. need to start thinking.

13 05 2011
Joseph A

I agree with you. They moved on and forgot about all the bad things that happened. If they didn’t do this, they still wouldn’t have food or water.

31 05 2011
Skyler W.

I totally agree that the people in Japan need to clean things up and rebuild things to get their lives back on track, but do you really think it’s necissary for Americans to think the way of a the people in Japan because were not at so much risks as the people in Japan?

13 05 2011
Angela Z.

The way of the Japanese is basically to live a life without fear. You must get through the bad things that happen and face the challenges in life. Some things happen, and it is up to you to understand that concept. It makes Japan stronger, and what it is today. The way of the Japanese helps Japan, and if they didn’t think that way, there would be much more disaster than there already is. I could definitely not live my life that way. I would be worrying over family and friends, or any other loved ones. It’s amazing what the Japanese can do.

13 05 2011
BRYCE KURTZZZZZZZZ

I think his words help the tragedies on Japan. It gives them a sense of reasurement. Like mr.curtis said, some people think of it as a good thing. If something wasn’t built the right way, now they can fix it.
If i lived in Japan I could live my life this way, but definetly not for ever. It would be hard to live This way all the time.
It would also be hard to live like this because destruction happens often. A lot of times people can have a nervous break down.

13 05 2011
D.J.C.

I agree about your thoughts. The saying does help the people of Japan. For example my mom is from Japan. When a tragedy strikes, she stays strong and does not worry. She takes care of her and the people around her. I think it is hard also. If you want to be that way you can’t worry. You just have to stay strong. That is how you can be the way of the Japanese.

13 05 2011
Danielle E

I think that you are right

13 05 2011
dominic thomas joseph fasanella

I think that kinos dad did help the tragedies in japan. I think this because his words inspire the Japanese and the American people, i think since it inspired people not to be scared then it should inspire people to build the houses and the buildings and the cars and the phone lines and pipes and all of the things that the Japanese need.

13 05 2011
Jake R.

I think it is better because now they get to start over. Make there city better more like they want it to be. I could live this way but i would not like it. It would be tough. It would be bad just to have that happen to and bad enough now you have to get over it and not know were your family is or know if there o.k at least. It would be hard and coulden’t live like that for long.

13 05 2011
dominic thomas joseph fasanella

i think that kinos dads words were a huge inspireation to the unitedstates and japan it gives people a chance to see what the japenese people are like.

13 05 2011
JJose Alfonzo Joey Quiroz

i Dominic Thomas Joseph Fassnella you had a good comment. You explained how its a big inspiration to us. Japanese people are different. They are much more brave since big things happen often in there. Since we are such a big country the ocean is on the outside and isnt as bad as what happens in the middle.

13 05 2011
Joseph A

I think the way of the Japanese helps their country a lot. They can get through huge disasters like the tsunami by not worrying about it. It kept them calm during the earthquake too, and they didn’t have a nervous break down. They put the people of the town before their own family, and that takes courage. I don’t think I could do that. I would be scared because everything that I loved was gone.

13 05 2011
Jade.R

I agree. It would take a lot of courage to save other people that you probably don’t know, instead of saveing your loved ones. Good job!

13 05 2011
Tyler J Gibson :-D

i agree and don’t agree with the way of a good Japanese. i don’t really think i could live like that. when bad stuff happens to me i worry a lot and I’m not the type to be calm with it either. if any of my loved ones died or my house was destroyed then i would be devastated i would be able think about anything else but the current situation i just would be able to live like that

13 05 2011
Collin V.

I don’t really understand you….You said you worry a lot and then in the end you said you would be able to live like that. Can you explain?

13 05 2011
AlexaA

i think i could live like that to but in a way i think i couldn’t. I don’t think i could live knowing i might never see my family again.

13 05 2011
Collin V.

We just read the part of the book, I don’t know if I could not care about dieing unless it happened soon (which I don’t want it to). I bet if I tried really hard I might not get so upset about it. It sounds kinda simple though, all you have to do is not fear dieing. I have heard in a video game is that,”dieing is a kind of freedom. To know your close to the end.”(That kinda had to do with the question)

13 05 2011
Jade.R

That’s a good way of putting it. I agree with you that dieing is kind of freedom, but I don’t agree with you when you say it would be simple not to fear dieing. You would have to not really care about anyone else a lot. It would be very hard to do that.

13 05 2011
Jade.R

The way of a good Japanese is not to fear death, but to live life to your fullest and love it. To love and to worship, instead of fearing and hating. No, I could not live this way. Life wouldn’t be the same. Without hate everyone would love, without fear everyone would worship. That’s why I could not live this way. No one can actually live without fear. Fear is inside of us, and we can not just push that away. This would help the Japanese though. They would be able to fight without fear and danger on there minds. They would be able to laugh and cry later. They could wait to feel sorry. This is how it would help the Japanese.

13 05 2011
Danielle E

I think that is a good way of thinking about it

13 05 2011
Joseph A

Tat is how i feel too. It would be hard to move on from the death of your loved ones. I don’t think i would be able to do it.

31 05 2011
Skyler W.

I also agree that I wouldn’t be able to do that, but don’t you also think that if something ever happened here, we might expirience the same things that the people in Japan had to face. Now we might not be in as much danger as the people in Japan might be, but you just have to remember that something could happen here too!

13 05 2011
Julissa Valdez

I agree with how you couldn’t live this way. I cant live that way either.

17 05 2011
Tori H

Well, I thought that was a great way to explain your thought.

13 05 2011
Danielle E

I think that the way of a real Japanese is that the man in the story Mr. Curtis was telling us is that the people who live there are different than us because they handle things differently because the man in the story he told us is the man lost his wife and his children were alright but he lost his home and his wife but he never cried he said that he would cry later but he had to help the other people that got injured and more but that is what Japanese people do unlike us we would go and cry and not worry about anyone else and we wouldn’t do anything to help the people they would probably leave them to do there own thing and fend for them selves and so kino’s father said that is what a real Japanese is someone who doesn’t fear anything and that is what Japanese people do.

13 05 2011
JJose AA QQ

To me it means that if you know something is going to happen don’t worry about it. Or if something is not going to happen then don’t worry about what might happen. Think about everything in a positive way . something might be really bad and be a big problem but it will be ok. Like if u go ziplining down a big mountain and you have safety stuff on then you will know you will be ok. If you can zipline on a small mountain don’t be afraid of doing it on a big mountain because its the same thing but different sizes.

13 05 2011
Eva R.

I think what the Japanese people do is actually helping Japan. They don’t give up and leave. They do something about it. Like it said in the book, “That’s the way of the god Japanese.”
I don’t think i could ever live my life like the Japanese people do because they don’t fear. I can never not fear anything. Sure, I can face my fears but I don’t think I could never have any. I don’t know how I can’t. It’s just that whenever I go near something fearful to me something in my body just makes me afraid of it. I can’t help it. If I lost a loved one like the Japanese man Mr. Curtis was talking to us about, yes I would definitely cry because they were important to me. They were special to me. Yeah, I can move on but that won’t bring my loved ones back. So I don’t think I could ever live my life with no fears.

13 05 2011
Maisie M.

I think this way of thinking has made a huge impact on Japan. It makes me think that this way of thinking for them makes the Japanese look and feel confident when bad things happen. Like how here in America we wouldn’t rebuild if our city was destroyed, we would just simply move away. While some people here would want to, most of us don’t. But I think this way of thinking has really helped Japan get through some really tough times. Like the story about the mayor of the small town in Japan, he helped everyone to the roof of his office building one by one. He thinks to himself that he is the least important here and needs to help his citizens more than anything. And even though the tsunami could come at any second he worked without any form of worry. Even though his wife was in their house on the other side of the town and his children were at the school on the hill. But he just put that aside and said he would worry about it when he had time to. That really says a lot about someone. I don’t think I would be able to live like that, if something like that ever happened to us i would probably worry a lot about my family and try and find the fastest way possible to get to them. I don’t think i have enough willpower to actually just sit there and help all these other people and for all i know my family could be dead. There would be too much pressure on me. It would be a hard life, but it would also be a proud life. It kind of reminds me of someone who is Buddhist, they want peace and for everyone to get along. This kind of reminds me of the people in Japan helping each other after the big tsunami.

13 05 2011
Joselin V

I could not live like that because if you lose the one you love like that i would cry because losing the one you love is worst than have the one you love the reason i said that was because u cant like safe a person life knowing that you may never see again might be dead i thinks its very hard to just move on and cry later because you know that you have no one that you love by your side i think i could not be a real japan person i just don’t know how they can live their life with like the one you want to live your whole life with.

13 05 2011
Adriana B.

I think it would help when the Japanese because when something bad happens it good for them no to fear because it could make things worse. Its good that they don’t fear death because they know everyday that their life is in danger.How that mayor didn’t have fear instead he went out to start saving people and only thought in a positive way. I couldn’t live that way know that my life is in danger everyday. I would fear if their was in earthquake or a dangerous storm. I could never live that way.

31 05 2011
Skyler W.

I totally agree Adriana because it is true that their lives are in danger everyday, and I wouldn’t want to live that way either. After really thinking about the situation, I basically concluded that our lives are in danger too because “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”

13 05 2011
Nate E

i think that the father and mayor have a good way of saying it you shouldn’t be scared the ocean might grow angry one day. you will die and it might be for the ocean or if you do grow old and weak. some day everyone will die and theirs nothing you can do about you dieing. i am scared of dieing from the ocean of whatever but i cant live my life in fear. and according to the father and the mayor that’s the way of a good Japanese.

13 05 2011
Julissa Valdez

The way of a good Japanese is to not have fear. I think its a great thing, but i don’t think i could live that way. I have no idea how the major in the small town got though earthquake and tsunami without no fear of his children and wife. I wouldn’t be able to that. There’s a lot of breakdowns in life and challenges. But today that what help the major rebuild the town not to have fear, and he face the challenges that came.

13 05 2011
Jessica S.

The way Japanese people live is having no fear just except fear. If we lived next to a volcano and an ocean I would have so much fear. I would be so scared I wouldn’t even go outside. In Illinois I am used to being outside but if I was in japan with a tsunami and an earthquake I would never go there again. Maybe japan has a different motto then us but they just believe in something else. (no fear)

13 05 2011
christopher.m

How do you think that way of thinking has helped or hurt Japan? Could you live your life that way? How?
I think it has helped them because if they don’t think about death or anything like that they are a good Japanese. There also a good Japanese they are always putting cold or sad feelings to the side. They do that so if a hurricane + tsunami hits they will now what to do instead of just sitting and crying all day. Yes they will do that but they will do that when every thing has been restored.
I probably could live that way because, i would be able to because i can put my feelings in the back of my head for later, but also i can put them in the back of my head so i can do other things to help people who have been hurt or have had there homes destroyed in any way possible. I could also help them when I’m in the saddest of moods i could also help.

13 05 2011
JJose AA QQ

To me it means that if you know something is going to happen don’t worry about it. Or if something is not going to happen then don’t worry about what might happen. Think about everything in a positive way . something might be really bad and be a big problem but it will be ok. Like if u go ziplineing down a big mountain and you have safety stuff on then you will know you will be ok. If you can zipline on a small mountain don’t be afraid of doing it on a big mountain because its the same thing but different sizes.

13 05 2011
Sam I

The way of a good Japanese is “live your life without fear”. I think it helps the Japanese because if you think about disasters there will just be more disasters because you will be to busy worrying about your loved one. I would not be able to live my life that way. I would worry to much about my loved ones.

13 05 2011
SarahL

I do agree that it would help them even if they would worry about a disaster that could happen to them.

13 05 2011
Lindsay F.

i agree on that that if people worry that danger willcome

13 05 2011
SarahL

I think it could help people stop worrying but they would still wonder what will happen next.And how you should enjoy your life and stop worrying what will happen to that person.And should just help with others then your self with anything.

13 05 2011
Thaisha N

I think that it would help the people in Japan because if they aren’t worried, then they could get through it and help other who are worried and it would keep spreading until everyone in Japan isn’t worried.

13 05 2011
Amani M

I think living that way helps japan. With all the things going on they can’t be afraid. I wouldn’t be able to live like that because i get scared enough by hearing about earthquakes or anything in the area.

13 05 2011
trevor

I think that if a person from does what a the saying says then it would help people. i think this because if someone help the people he can then it will save more lives then trying to a person that is far away and that might be very hard to get to them. Just like in the story Mr.Curtis told us about, the mayor helped the people he could before he could help the people far away from him.

13 05 2011
Maegan G.

I don’t think I could live that way. Well possibly, but I’d cry and be miserable my whole life. I don’t think it’s a good way to live. I guess the Japanese are used to it. But, they have also lived like that their whole lives. I don’t think it would be a good living style. You might loose a lot of friends, family, or just people you know of everytime an earthwake occurs. I never liked the idea of living on the edge of water. It always scared me.

13 05 2011
Lindsay F.

i think that, that is a good idea but not for me because i could never ever forget about my family. also i don’t think i could keep starting my life over and over and over it just wouldn’t work! also that that is probably easy for them to keep rebuilding there town because they have so much money so it’s just something i could personally could not do that at ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

13 05 2011
Ariana.M

That makes alot of sence i do not think i could start my life over and over again eathier. it would also be very hard to just forget about my family.i dont think i could do it eathier. but that does make sence megan.

13 05 2011
AlexaA

I think that Japans way of thinking kind of did both it helped and hurt them in way i can’t explain. Like they were smart for trying to rebuild their homes and for finding ways to get food and supplies. But by not trying to cry and feel bad for the people they lost were hurting not the country as a whole. But everyone personally. They were right to try to help everyone and to try to save themselves. But they were wrong to not cry because them crying hurt them emotionally and physically. And they could have done something to fix that like they fixed their cities. I personally could and couldn’t live like that. I could because I could deal with putting my health and other peoples health first. but i would have to cry knowing that i may never see my family again.

13 05 2011
Danielle D.

Q :: Think about the recent tragedies in Japan and try to apply Kino’s father’s words to that situation. How do you think that way of thinking has helped or hurt Japan? Could you live your life that way? How?

A :: I think it has hurt it because fear is weakness. But it’s okay to be afraid sometimes, just not all the time because you can quickly lose your mind if you do. You need to be calm. If you are calm, you can tell people what to do and where to go to protect them. It has still destroyed the town in Japan, but at least some people are safe. But their way of thinking is so different form Americans. Americans can be classified as kind of selfish. All we care about is if it effects us. If it doesn’t we usually don’t give it a lot of thought. We also want to get to be with our dads, moms, and siblings. We never think about anyone else we don’t know. Could I live my life that way? Probably not. I would probably cry every five minutes. It was so sad. Many died and maybe some of my family would have died and I can’t live without them.

13 05 2011
Ariana.M

I get what you are saying but it is also ok to be afraid of scared or hurt sometimes because with out it what kind of place would this be no one would care about any thing but them selfs.and that is honestly not a good way to live your life.

13 05 2011
bree s.

really i dont think i would be able to live like that. you would have a bunch of family that means a super lot to you and you might not know if they are dead or alive. that would just kill me in so many ways. and not thinking about if your going to live or die is hard. i would sit there crying my eyes out to sleep every single night till i know that every thing is okay in every way. not only would i be scared but i would be depressed in so many ways too. so really i would hate for my mother of father telling me not to worry if i get killed by a tsunami or burn from the hot lava. know matter what i will always want to know the way i die. the only way i would not be scared of dieing would be if i died helping someone i cared for

13 05 2011
Ricky M

i think i would be able to live my life. because all you got to do is like pretty much start your whole life over.then probably you will just forget the whole thing.so then you could go on and live your whole life again.i would live by trying to help as much people as we can to help then when everything is fixed we could start to go back to our new home then start going to our regular bases. like what we use to do on daily bases. like go to work then come back home then eat and all of the other regular stuff we use to do.so that’s what i think what i would do and how would i feel.also i think that kino’s dads thoughts were pretty helpful to japan and other people like even kino or other citizens. so he was truly very helpful to japan.

13 05 2011
GabbyL

I think of what happen can relate to the story we are reading is how people in Japan are different cause there people have come first. When Mr.Curtis told the story of what happen to the guy how his life changed just by helping his people cause he was mayor.This made me feel sad cause what if one my family members died.

13 05 2011
Caitlyn M

I think that the words that Kino`s Father said has helped Japan. I think that because that way of thinking is something that is very positive for this situation. Also because of how because of that Japan has a bad accident and people help the. I could live that way because of you con fix things that are bad and realize that the good things are good.

18 05 2011
bwhitt13

I think that the words also helped Japan because the Japanese people should live there life to the fullest before everything is over.

13 05 2011
JB B

The way that the Japanese were thinking helped because if they worried about helping family and friends they would only be rescuing two or three people, but if they worried about the people around them they might be able to rescue about fifty people. I would not be able to live that way for several reasons. I couldn’t live that way because I would worry about all of the people that I love and care about. I cant think about my helpless dogs being washed away by the sea or being hit by some thing. I also couldn’t live like that because I would be really scared knowing I would have nowhere to live and nothing to eat.

13 05 2011
emz

i think a good Japanese is one who cares for others before there own needs. well actually i think this is what everyone should do this. i mean everyone would be alot happier. this would help everyone.

13 05 2011
Ariana.M

Q-Think about the recent tragedies in Japan and try to apply Kino’s father’s words to that situation. How do you think that way of thinking has helped or hurt Japan? Could you live your life that way? how?

A-well Kino’s father was right we will all die so does it really matter if it is by ocean or volcano, in japan they had lots of earthquakes and a isunami so it was by shaking and ocean does it really matter if one of they kill you because we cant be afraid of death because we eventualy forget to live so why be afraid of something you cant controll. I think that thinking like this has helped japan and yes they are all most likly all hurt badly because of all of the bad storms that caused a lot of people to die but they are right they do not have time to worrie about something they cant change they have to worrie about all the people that are alive. No i honestly do not think i have enought self controll to be in a situation like that because i would be scared out of my mind and would really want my parents and then to find out that they are gone, i most likly wouldent have enought self controll to handly not crying or saying i have no time to worrie about the things that i can not change i now have to worrie about the things i can change and fix.

17 05 2011
Isabel T

The way of a good Japanese is living life without fear. I think that is is a good way of life because being able to only think of one situation at a time is very efficient. One example is a Mayor in Japan. When the 2O11 Tsunami hit he was at work while his wife was at home and his kids were at school in the mountains. He had set his kids and wife aside and went to save everyone that he could in his building and brought them to the rooftop. He knew that if he had gone in search of his wife his workers would have been taken by the massive wave and him as well as his wife would have too because he knew that he couldn’t get to the other side in time. That when he made the decision to save the people that he could. This saved many lives that could have been taken by the wave. After the Tsunami had hit he then went to make sure his kids were okay and they were. This was good news…Once things began to rebuild and things were being cleaned up is when he went in search of his wife. He had found that his wife had died and their house was gone. This is the way if a good Japanese because he was able to do what he could and understood that his family could be gone in the end.

17 05 2011
Tori H

Well , from my perspective I think that it helped japan . . a lot. If people mourned over their dead family members then they wouldn’t be able to help their town and their people around them. I don’t think I would be able to live my life like that either. I would be the person who would worry about my family and cry over them. I don’t think I would be as strong as that mayor to go on like that. I dont even know how went on and lived his life.

18 05 2011
bwhitt13

I think that it would help because you wouldn’t have to worry about death and you can live your life. I think that it would help to not worry in Japan and just live your life because then you can have a good life, even if a gigantic wave comes and washes you away, then you can start worrying, but in the mean time live your life to the fullest.

22 05 2011
Skyler W.

To start off, after the tragity in Japan, many may think that the citizens in Japan did not see it all coming. If you really think about it, the people in Japan did see this tragity coming someday, mostly because things like this has happened in the past, and those citizens decided to stay in Japan even if they had a choice to leave. This ties in with the Big Wave because Kino’s father is one of those people who has expirienced something terrible beforein Japan, but decided to accept the fact that he is not safe. Kino’s father stated that there is volcanoes and oceans involved with Japan, and that they have to accept the fact that there is danger in their lives, but they have to die someday, and that day will eventually come. In my own thoughts, I believe that in order for people to live in Japan, they can not have fear of death. If you think about it, the people in japan have lives like bubbles. They can move on and flow, but someday their lives will pop in a heartbeat! Now, they know that they will ”pop” someday, but they carry on with their lives. This is just how I see it to understand things better. So I am basically saying that people in Japan do not live their life in fear, but they cherish it more because they know how fragil it really is. This is how what Kion’s father says has to do with what happend in Japan. The things that Kino’s father stated has helped the people in Japan in many ways. It helps them because if they carry on with their lives, and do not fear death, than they are a good Japanese because that is the way of a good Japanese. To be honest with you, I can not live a life in Japan. This is because I have more fear of death, and can not accept the life of more danger.

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