The Big Wave 5

24 05 2011

To give you an idea of how the Japanese people work... The picture on the left is March 12, 2011 - the day after the earthquake. The picture on the right is just 6 days later.

Pearl S. Buck wrote The Big Wave more than 70 years before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, yet there are so many similarities between what happened in the book and what happened in real life.

Often times “life imitates art,” which means that things often happen in real life just they way they’ve happened in a story, a book, a play, or a movie.  This might be one time when it’s true.

Think about what you know about Japan, as well as what you learned from the story about the Japanese mindset and their attitudes toward life and death.     Have your thoughts on Japan’s recovery from the 2011 tsunami changed since reading The Big Wave?  How?  Predict what you think will happen in the affected areas of Japan over the next year or so.

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The Big Wave 4

23 05 2011

In The Big Wave, Jiya is put in a difficult position.  After his village is destroyed and his family killed, a rich old gentleman offers to adopt him.  With Old Gentleman, Jiya would have everything he’d ever need – a beautiful home, riches, the best education… however, when it comes time to decide, Jiya chooses to live with Kino’s poor family – selecting a life of hard work, no money, and wondering if there will be enough food for everyone.

Tell me in your own words why you think Jiya made the right choice.  Also tell me why he may have made the wrong choice.

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The Big Wave 3

19 05 2011

In Pearl S. Buck’s novel, The Big Wave, a young Japanese boy named Jiya has just survived a horrible tragedy, but the difficult times have just begun for him.  After losing his whole family and the village he lives in to the tsunami, his body, mind, and heart all have a lot of healing to do.

Make a prediction:  How will Jiya survive and heal from the horrible events of the first part of The Big Wave. 

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The Big Wave 2

17 05 2011

In The Big Wave,  we just saw Jiya watch his entire village swept away by a tsunami.  It’s hard to imagine what he felt as he saw everything he knew and loved be destroyed, so spend a little time looking for interviews and stories from survivors of the 2011 Japan tsunami or the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and read their descriptions of the wave, the destruction, the feelings they had, and the aftermath.

Once you’ve read an article, compare what you learned from your research to what you heard in The Big Wave.  Tell us what the sounds, smells, and feelings were in both the novel and the real thing.  Tell us what both tsunami’s looked like.  Be sure to include a link to your article so other students can read your article too.

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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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