Japan Book Club: The Master Puppeteer – Part 2
This we’ll read chapter 3 and chapter 4 of The Master Pupeteer.
This book isn’t just about puppets. The author, Katherine Paterson (who you may know from the book The Bridge to Terebithia) is a master writer, using Japanese history and the art of puppetry has a backdrop for a much deeper and more meaningful story.
In these chapters, Jiro leaves home to begin an apprenticeship at the puppet theatre. After reading books like The Big Wave, Bushido, and Hiroshima you’ve gained a better understanding of Japanese traditions and the Japanese mindset. Apply what you learned about Japanese culture in those earlier books.
Tell me why Jiro does what he does. Why does his mother act the way she does? What is the hierarchy at the theatre? How do all of these things connect to the other books we’ve read?
Every student in our Japan group is required to participate. You must comment on this post with your thoughts, then come back and comment on what other people have said – you are required to make an effort to keep the conversation going by replying to at least 2 other students (more than just “I agree” or “you are right.” Give them reasons why you agree/disagree or what they said that was meaningful – make this a discussion).