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Japan Book Club: The Big Wave – Part 3

August 9, 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.

Read until Jiya and Kino leave the farm to visit the old gentleman’s castle.  Stop when the boys arrive at the castle.  (In my book this is on page 40).

This time your assignment has two parts. 

Make a prediction:  How will Jiya survive and heal from the horrible events of the first part of The Big Wave.  (If you’ve read ahead, try to answer by thinking back to what you were thinking at this point in the book – don’t give away the end of the book, instead, try to remember what you thought Jiya would do to get past this tragedy). 

Make a connection: Try to relate what Jiya and Kino are going through to what the people in Japan have gone through this year.

Be sure to type out your answers in complete sentences.  Be sure to back up your ideas with some examples, evidence, or proof.  Be sure to check back and see what other people say too.  Be sure to comment on what they say. 

Every student in our Japan group is required to participate.  You must comment on this post with your thoughts (probably a good paragraph or two – maybe more), 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). 

The next book we’ll read as a group will be The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho (you can try to get a copy if you want, but I can email everyone an online copy for free when it’s time.  After that, we’ll read The Old Man Mad About Drawing by Francois Place (so start to try and get yourself a copy of that one soon). 

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  1. Giavonna Peaden permalink
    August 9, 2011 5:35 pm

    I think Jiya will survive by having to tell himself that his parents may be gone, but they will always be in his heart. It must be hard for him to live without his family. I also thought that Jiya would be forever sad and, that Jiya would have to live with someone else that he didn’t know.

    Many people in Japan this year, have lost hundreds of familiar faces, and family this year. Everyone must be torn that they lost people that were so dear to them. Jiya I’m sure felt the same way. He cried, knowing that he would never see his family again. I would never be able to cope with life, if my loved ones were gone forever, until it was my time to join them in heaven. Jiya is just like many others in Japan today. He is living without his loved ones, and he must learn how to cope without them.

    Jiya went through a terrible disaster and the loss of his family. The people in Japan this past year went through 2 devastating disasters and the loss of hundreds of their loved ones. Jiya didn’t have it as bad as the people in Japan today, but he definately went through a traumatizing event.

    • Bobby cortesi permalink
      August 14, 2011 7:16 pm

      Giavonna- I agree on the way you think jiya will have to survive telling himself that his parents are gone but still be in his heart. Also i can imagin that anybody would be sad if their parents and sibling just died it has to be a life changing experience!

  2. Sydney Bebar permalink
    August 10, 2011 10:51 am

    I predict that Jiya will choose to live with the old man in the castle. I think he will do this because he won’t constantly be reminded of his deceased family and friends. If he lives with Kino and his family, he will always be reminded of his parents and brother. Also, he will be farther away from the destruction of what used to be his town.
    Many people in Japan have gone through the same experience as Jiya. Everyone copes with pain in heir own way. Some try to forget it, and others, like Jiya, cry about it. Jiya might have not gone through as much of loss as the people in Japan, but he was certainly hit a lot harder than most people since he is so young and lost his family, friends, and home.

    • Jessica Sherwin permalink
      August 10, 2011 3:50 pm

      As I read your prediction, I end up agreeing with you somewhat. The fact of living with the Old Gentleman would surely help Jiya not be reminded of his family, but maybe not facing his town where everybody once was would be bad too. I think he should move on but be able to look back without hesitation later on in life too, to be reminded of his family that wanted to keep him safe by letting him go to Kino’s house.

    • Elise Vice permalink
      August 11, 2011 12:47 pm

      I don’t really agree with you, Sydney. Even if he won’t be constantly reminded of his deceased family, the memory will always haunt him. If he stays with Kino, he will have the stability of a family. The reminder of his family may actually be a good thing. As he grows and matures, he may start to realize that the constant reminder of his family is a good thing. It’s better than forgetting completely.

      • Meghan Moreno permalink
        August 14, 2011 10:13 pm

        Remembering is good. You don’t want to forget your own family. Jiya should just think of the good times he spent with his family. Sometimes he will think of them and cry but there isn’t really anything wrong with that. It’s better to keep their memory than totally forgetting that they were ever once a part of your life.

    • Tyler Pearson permalink
      August 12, 2011 10:11 am

      Sydney, when I read your article, I had some agreements and some disagreements. For one thing, Being with the old man wouldn’t do any good. It would be a reminder of how his parents and brother were killed and how he ended up there. I would see why the people of japan today and Jiya would react to the tsunamis.

    • Ben Trouvais permalink
      August 13, 2011 7:05 pm

      I don’t think that living with old gentleman would be a could thing for Jiya. What would he do for Jiya. Being with Kino’s family may be a could thing. Constantly seeing the place where he and his family once was may be a good thing. He would always be reminded of his family and all the times that they had. Old Gentleman wouldn’t be able to give the emotional support that Kino could. Besides, Old Gentleman is a stranger. Would you want to live with a stranger.

    • Giavonna Peaden permalink
      August 14, 2011 5:11 pm

      I don’t think Jiya would be comfortable with living with the old man in the castle. I think this because He is close to Kino, and Kino is like family to Jiya. Jiya knows Kino, not the old man.

    • Bobby cortesi permalink
      August 14, 2011 7:20 pm

      Sydney- I do agree with the fact that living with the old gentleman will help the constant reminded fact that he lost his family and friends but i personally think it would be better for him to live with Kin because who knows jiya better then his best friends and possible brother(kino).

    • Hannah Schram permalink
      August 14, 2011 9:19 pm

      Sydney, I dont agree that Jiya will stay with the old gentleman because he has a better relationship with Kino’s family. Although they are poor, they can still help Jiya live better and accept the fact that he can still live life happily with his family gone.

      • Meghan Moreno permalink
        August 14, 2011 10:10 pm

        Your right Hannah. I think he would stay with Kino, too. If he stayed with the Old Gentleman, he would just feel more alone with people he doesn’t know. At least with Kino and his family, he can recover faster and he is with people that actually love him like their own.

  3. Jessica Sherwin permalink
    August 10, 2011 3:26 pm

    My prediction is that Jiya will stay with Kino’s family since they have known each other for so long and been like a “second family” to him. He may not ever completely heal since it was his only family, but with people around him that care deeply for him, the possiblity of being healed is more likely than not. He may sometimes sob if he remebers the pain, but he’ll survive because he’s able to live on for his parents and brother, I think he will realize later on that his family will be with him even if he can’t see them and that wiill give him strength to continue on in life with persuasion and patience from the ones around him.
    Jiya and Kino have also experienced the feelings of sorrow of others’ deaths and maybe even a little of relief of being alive. People in Japan have also cried like Jiya for their loved ones, but others try to forget or are furious and ask why it happened to them. They all share the same feelings of not seeing them again and going to their home and think of the homes destroyed. Though Jiya had it a little bit easier since the 2011 incident took hundreds of lives that would be missed, but it’s still difficult for him since he’s a mere child.

    • Sydney Bebar permalink
      August 12, 2011 1:49 pm

      I agree it would be better to live with a familiar family, but he will always be near where his parents died. This memory will haunt him, and will keep him upset. If he lives with the old man, he will be inside a castle unable to see where so many have died. Being able to see this destruction everyday could be very difficult for Jiya.

      • Jessica Sherwin permalink
        August 12, 2011 9:14 pm

        Yes, I also agree with you, but he can’t be locked away inside a castle forever, he has to come out and look back at the destruction on what happened. If he didn’t, it would seem like he wants to erase everything, including the ones he loves that aren’t with him no more.

  4. Annie Harb permalink
    August 10, 2011 7:07 pm

    I predict that Jiya will slowly but surely heal. He will not go live with the old man but with his new family. He will be crushed and probably go through some sort of depressive state. In time though, he will heal and be able to live the life he should live. With his new family who obviously cares for him a great deal.
    The people of Japan have obviously been though a lot, and many of them have gone through exactly what Jiya went though. They lost their homes, their families, and almost everythine else. They will all go through it a bit differently, everyone grieves differenly. But they all have one thing in common: they have all had their lives uprooted by the distructive nature of this world.

    • Elise Vice permalink
      August 13, 2011 2:13 pm

      I agree, he will probably go through a depressive state, but it will only make him stronger. Though, he will never live fully normal life… the memories of the tsunami and of his family will always haunt him, and as hard as he may try, he can’t forget.

  5. Persephone Allee permalink
    August 10, 2011 8:21 pm

    My prediction is that Jiya will choose to live with Kino and his family because he will want to be with someone that he knows cares about him. The Old Gentleman might be in a higher social class but will he be to busy to take care of Jiya? Once he overcomes his sorrow, I think he will continue life as a farmer and will eventually leave home to live on his own. If that happens, it will show he has moved on.
    This past year, I’m sure people have found it very easy to relate to Jiya and Kino. They have gone through similar pain. Not only have they had to deal with the wreckage of homes, they had to deal with the loss of loved ones. People there have lost their siblings, parents, grandparents, and even children. I know how it feels to lose someone, and in Jiya’s case, the pain must have been unbearable. Thankfully, it seems that they both are learning how to move forward.

  6. Ben Trouvais permalink
    August 11, 2011 10:22 am

    I believe that Jiya will choose to live with Kino and his family. He would most likely be better off living with someone who he knows and trusts. Living with Kino will help him more, because he can always have that friend there to help him sort things out. If he goes to live with Old Gentleman, who knows what, if any, help he will be to Jiya’s recovery. For me personally, I would rather live with poor friends than a rich man who I didn’t know.
    Between both Jiya and Japan, they have both faced similar problems, pains, and sorrows. The people of Japan had to deal with the loss of the friends, families, and everything they knowed and loved. On that same note, both are slowly beginning to recover. Eventually they will rebuild, weather it be a city or in their minds.

    • Sydney Bebar permalink
      August 12, 2011 1:46 pm

      I don;t quite agree with you. Yes it would be better if he lived with someone he knew, but it would be equally as bad to constantly be reminded of his family, because he would be so close to where he used to live. Also, he spent some of his best times with Kino and his family, but they can not support him enough to be able to be positive that he will become a grown man.

    • Jake Fabian permalink
      August 14, 2011 4:12 pm

      I agree with Ben. He made some great points in his paragraph. I feel the same as he does. I would hate to live with a strange old guy, no matter how wealthy he is. In hindsight I realize that living with a friend much outweighs the perks that living with a stranger has.

  7. Jake Fabian permalink
    August 11, 2011 12:29 pm

    1. Jiya will always have that rather large void in his heart where his parents were. However, he can fill that space with love from Kino and his family because I predict Jiya will be taken in by them and they will support him. He will never forget about them, and he will think about them occasionally, but he needs to realize that they will always be with him supporting in other ways. He can use his loss as a burning flame to go on a live for his family.

    2. Jiya and Kino are going through rough times as their village got swept away. Jiya has it even worse as his parents died from the Tsunami. In Japan right now it’s even worse, there is radiation everywhere, two earthquakes have hit, and a Tsunami. It seems as if Japan is getting all of it’s tragedies out of the way now so they don’t have to deal with them later. Still though, there is a connection with Jiya and Kino’s lives as entire cities and towns were swept away by the Tsunami too. Families were taken and people were left alone with nothing else to live for. I feel that people in the real world are facing the same and even worse struggles as Kino and Jiya are facing.

    • Kamil Czaplinski permalink
      August 14, 2011 11:49 pm

      Most of the people from the disaster, didn’t even have a roof over them and had pretty much nothing to eat. Unlike Jiya who at least had someone to be there for him, to give him a roof over his head, and food to eat. Jiya was a bit luckier than some of the people that were in the disaster.

  8. Elise Vice permalink
    August 11, 2011 12:41 pm

    I think that Jiya will never heal completely. The loss of his family has left a scar, that will never go away. I think he will stay with Kino and his family. The stability of staying in one place would really help him. He may think that going with the Old Gentleman would take him away from his past, and everything that has happened to him, though, as much as he tries, he will never be able to forget it. Sooner or later, he will realize that and know that he should stay with people he knows, and that may help him heal. Knowing all of the horrible things that have happened to everyone in Japan, I can’t say I can relate to them. I have had bad things happen to me, but none of them even come close to what happened to Jiya and the people of Japan.

    • Ben Trouvais permalink
      August 13, 2011 7:21 pm

      I do agree with you when you say that he will never fully recover. Staying with people that he knows and trusts will in the end help him recover. If he went with old gentlemen he would forget but not in the good way. He would forget about a major part of his life. If he went with Kino, he would remember his family in all the good things they did. This would help him become a stronger man and help him rebuild when other bad things happen.

    • Lyssette Bedolla permalink
      August 13, 2011 7:43 pm

      It is hard to forget someone who has made a huge impact on your life. Thats why we should never forget those who have pass on it helps keep them alive in your heart.

    • Blair Tuider permalink
      August 14, 2011 12:38 pm

      I agree that Jiya will have an emotional scar, but he will have to cope with the death of his family. Kino and his family will give him a good home and stability. Jiya will never forget his family, but they will always be in his heart. Kino will help Jiya through his sadness, and will support him. I also agree with you on the real tragety a lot of horrible things happened to both Jiya and the people of Japan.

      • August 14, 2011 4:49 pm

        Elise i agree with “He will never heal completely” , not everyone is able to heal completely especially knowing that your family has passed away and that they will only be with you in your heart. Jiya is a very strong kid he knows what has happened and he knows that he will have to live with that for the rest of his life.

    • Jake Fabian permalink
      August 14, 2011 4:16 pm

      Elise is right. You can never heal from something as tragic as losing your family. You just have to learn to deal with it.

    • Alyssa Gue permalink
      August 14, 2011 6:52 pm

      I agree with you Elise, the pain of losing someone never really goes away. I also agree with the fact that he needs stability in his life, especially after the tragedy.

  9. Tyler Pearson permalink
    August 12, 2011 10:24 am

    My prediction for Jiya’s new home is with Kino and his family. Not only are the boys close friends, but the whole family took care of him in his time of need. The house might have him look back at the past, but, just like the saying, What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.

    The Connection between what happened in the story and what happened in real life are really similar. Jiya had lost a dear part of his family, just like many other Nippon (means japanese in japanese) people did. Yet they got on with their lives, keeping their missing loved ones in their hearts, keeping their memory alive.

    • Persephone Allee permalink
      August 14, 2011 6:30 pm

      I definitley feel that the saying “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” would be in good use descibing Jiya’s future. The pain will always be there but eventually it will lessen. I to think he will live with Kino’s family instead of with the Old Gentleman.

    • Mark Burjek permalink
      August 14, 2011 7:16 pm

      The saying you mentioned fits very well into this situation, because Jiya was very close to death, and because he didn’t die he now is stronger and should be grateful for it. Being with Kino’s family will be a great thing because they have known each other for a long time and have always had a strong relationship.

  10. Bobby cortesi permalink
    August 13, 2011 9:30 am

    I predict that jiya will grow and live with kino because he grew up with him as friends and had a very close friendship. Kino wants to be there in Jiya’s time in need and to take him in whether he would like to live and have a great life with the old gentleman. He will heal as Kino’s father had said with time and accepting that he lost his family.

    The book really connects to the disaster that just happened this year in japan. Kino is like the many people who weren’t hit by the tsunami but were affected by it like in japan because they witnessed the destruction but weren’t hit. Jiya is like the people who were hit losing family, friends, and neighbors. Also how they had to cope with the destruction probably put them in the same situation as Jiya. Jiya missed his family but couldn’t do much about it as did the tsunami victims of japan.

    • Lyssette Bedolla permalink
      August 13, 2011 7:51 pm

      It is a bad place to be, losing your family and a massive destruction of the remains of homes can do a lot to someone. No wonder Jiya has a hard time just getting out of bed.

    • Blair Tuider permalink
      August 14, 2011 12:16 pm

      i agree with you because Jiya and Kino are best friends and I’m positive they would do anything for each other an that may mean that Kino will encourage Jiya to live with the old gentleman. Kino just wants Jiya to do whats best for himself.You are also correct about the connection between the book and the real disaster because people lost loved ones and were very upset.

  11. Lyssette Bedolla permalink
    August 13, 2011 8:34 pm

    I predict that Jiya would stay with Kino and his family to live in the farm. Jiya has lost his family and his home where he and family shared memories and worked hard together. That was Jiya’s life before the wave. Now he has (almost) nothing left of the life he once lived. Although he has lost almost everything something or someone still remains, Kino. Kino spent a lot of time with Jiya he is the last thing Jiya has to remember what days were like before the big wave. It will help Jiya get out of his depression and to realize the Tsunami did not change everything.

    Jiya is not alone hundreds of people not just in Japan had to deal with the lost of their love ones in a natural disaster. Everyone has to deal with it thought and like most people it helps to have someone you love to help you get by the destruction and the depression. It is too hard to deal with it alone, family helps and Kino is that family.

    • August 14, 2011 4:46 pm

      Lyssette i agree with you on the part “Although he has lost almost everything something or someone still remains, Kino”. Kino is a very important part of his life also, he was their when Jiya lost his family. Kino has helped him begin a new life with his family (Kino’s). Now that Jiya needs to make a deccision it might be hard for the both of them.

  12. Blair Tuider permalink
    August 14, 2011 12:07 pm

    I think Jiya will survive and heal from the tragedy he went through by know that his family loved him and they will be with him in spirit.He will have to cope with he fact that disaster happens and he will never forget his family, but he will have to move on with his life.
    Jiya and Kino went through the same thing as did the people of the earthquake and tsunami that happened this year. Jiya lost his family and so did many of the Japenesse people this year. Jiya was extreamly sad and so were the victims of the disaster in Japan, everyone had to cope with the disaster and know that the deceased will always be in their hearts.

    • Mark Burjek permalink
      August 14, 2011 7:11 pm

      I agree, as long as Jiya always keeps his family in his heart, he will be strong in spirit. If he realizes that these things happen all the time, he will deal with it and move on with his life and his new family.

  13. Zach Ciko permalink
    August 14, 2011 2:22 pm

    I think Jiya will move on due to the fact that his family is never really gone. Since they are in his memories and in his heart. By knowing this he will move on and probably live with his best freind Kino since he has no where else to go. So if has any problems he can go talk it out with his freind.

    Yet if you think about Jiya is lucky because the most recent japanese disaster. They had both a earthquake and tsunami that hit them making a lot people homless and left without a family. Short after their was a power plant melt down making their people food toxic making even more families and friends died. Yet Jiya still has

    • Shane Chetney permalink
      August 14, 2011 5:24 pm

      Zach is right. Jiya’s family with always be with him in his thoughts and heart

    • Persephone Allee permalink
      August 14, 2011 6:41 pm

      I personally think that the main reason Jiya would live with Kino is that he already knows he has a home there. As you said, he has Kino to talk to. I don’t agree that “Jiya is lucky”. You have to think that we are much more advanced than we were back then. The buildings are more stable and we have scientifically advanced since then. Jiya’s home as well as the others weren’t strong and were bound to be swept away. They had almost no chance of survival.

  14. August 14, 2011 4:40 pm

    I think Jiya will survive the fact by knowing that his family is still with him in his heart and that they will always be their with him. His family will always be their to guide him in the right direction. It will be hard for him but he has to remember that his friend Kino and his parents are also their for him.
    Their are little children in Japan right now knowing that their families have also passed away with the dangerous things that have occurred in their country. Jiya isn’t alone, he has to realize that their are other children like him in his country also. Kino might feel bad for Jiya but they need to except the fact that things like this will always happen around the world.

    • Giavonna Peaden permalink
      August 14, 2011 5:12 pm

      I agree with Ebony, because there are many kids in Japan right now without family who will have to cope with the fact that they are alone. I’m sure this is how Jiya felt.

    • Alyssa Gue permalink
      August 14, 2011 7:03 pm

      I agree with you Ebony, Jiya isn’t alone, he still has Kino and Kino’s family, but they have to realize they aren’t the only people going through this. They have to realize this, and that they will most likely have to go through loss again.

  15. Shane Chetney permalink
    August 14, 2011 5:22 pm

    I predict that Jiya will heal by staying with Kino and his family because they love him and will treat him like one of their own. By Jiya surrounding himself with people who love him, they will help, support, and guide him through his troubled times. I don’t think Jiya will be able to heal at the castle because he would be living with strangers.
    This book relates to people in Japan because I am sure every family in Japan has lost someone important to them. Wether it was a parent, a cousin, or a friend, everybody was hurt. This book also relates to people in Japan because there are also children and adults who half lost their entire family. Jiya just has to relize that he isn’t the only person in the same situation.

    • Tyler Webber permalink
      August 14, 2011 9:16 pm

      Good points Shane , but do you think that it could help Jiya get through his hard time by surrounding himself with strangers ? If he didnt then he would be surrounded by people that bring back memories which would make him more upset .

  16. Alyssa Gue permalink
    August 14, 2011 6:59 pm

    1.I believe that Jiya will stay with Kino and his family to try to hold on to some of his life, and trying to keep stability. Especially since living with the Old Gentleman would prevent him from seeing Kino or anyone that he knew.
    2. Natural disasters, like that in Japan, take so many people away from their families, tearing them and those remaining from everything they knew. Jiya is also coping with this, but he isnt the only one going through it, and it probably won’t be the only time he goes through this.

    • Kaya Besterfield permalink
      August 14, 2011 8:17 pm

      I do agree that he needs to learn to deal with this. He might have to go through this pain again and lose another one that he loves. He also should know that there are plenty more people that have the same problem he has so he should, in time, learn to except it.

    • August 14, 2011 9:21 pm

      I think that it is more deep then just loosing something, it is the very life you lived through, ad the people that were there with you. It isn’t a toy train you forgot at the park that you can get a new one of. It will be something that stays with you your whole life if you loose your family, you in this case i disagree with how you describe how he will probably go through this several times.

  17. Mark Burjek permalink
    August 14, 2011 7:09 pm

    It will be tough, but I think Jiya will bounce back from this hard time. He will stay with Kino and his family, and their love and support should cheer him up. His friendship with Kino will grow, as well as his relationship with his new parents. He will have fun and do things he enjoys with his new family. If he does end up going to the castle, it will be much harder. Even though the man is rich, he will be a stranger to Jiya, and that will cause Jiya to feel less loved. Staying with Kino’s family will be a great thing because they’ve known each other for a long time. All of this and more will have him back in action in no time.

    I’m sure that in Japan right now people who had lost their families in the tsunami have found new homes to live in. Some probably are on their own, but I believe that many others are getting lots of support from their friends or other people they know. As long as they, and Jiya stay positive and strong inside, love from everyone else should get them back on their feet.

    • Tyler Webber permalink
      August 14, 2011 9:18 pm

      I agree with Mark , both places are suffering from loss but they are getting lots of support from others and staying posative with help a lot .

    • August 14, 2011 9:24 pm

      I agree with how you say that the friendship between Jiya and Kino will grow, and that he will slowly recover from the accident. I do disagree though that you believe that most people have gotten support. Actually most people are living in shelters made out of previous school gyms, and they believe sickness is now going around those shelters. Some have gotten to safe grounds and family have supported them, but even more are still suffering.

    • Drew Burjek permalink
      August 14, 2011 10:24 pm

      Jiya’s family will always be there in his thoughts and heart, and Jiya will learn to get close with his new family. He will still be sad, no doubt, but he still have a place to sleep, food to eat, and a family to be with. Not everybody got support in Japan, but i read that store owners would give out food and items for free sometimes and most people would help their friends if they could.

      • nate zurawski permalink
        August 15, 2011 9:27 am

        I think that your prediction is very smart, and well written. I also think that the storekeepers are very generous to just give out food and supplies for free and not keeping it all to themselves.

    • August 14, 2011 10:58 pm

      I also agree with Mark. Relationships grow into even better relationships. And that’s exactly whats going to happen with Jiya amd Kino.

  18. Kaya Besterfield permalink
    August 14, 2011 8:14 pm

    I think Jiya will survive and heal from the horrible events he has been going though in many ways. First, if he moves in with Old Gentleman, he might try to warm up to Old Gentleman and try to except him as his father. Since Old Gentleman will be kind to him and give him the shelter, food, and clothing he needs, this would make it a bit easier to accept him as his father. Second, he might have to start becoming a man and leaving his family behind in his mind. He would have start forgetting about what could have been and start thinking about what will be. If he continues to suffer and kill his mind with thinking about the trageties of his families death, then nothing in his life will get any easier.

    I could relate somewhat to what Jiya is going though. I know it is tough losing a family member, but i couldnt imagine losing your whole family. When I think about this, it make me sad to think that jiya is all alone and has know one but his friend. Also, to think about all of the people in Japan that had to gpo through the same thing this year. I know if that ever happened to me, i would be devistated to know there is know one in my family that is left. People in Japan now dont have any homes or food or even and extra pair of clothes to put on. This is how i imagine Jiya feeling in this same situation.

  19. Tyler Webber permalink
    August 14, 2011 9:13 pm

    I think that Jiya will survive and heal from the kindness and love of the old man , and yes i beleive that he will go with the old man . It will take Jiya a little while but he will recover and heal . Jiya will do whats best for him and go with the Old Gentelman . Jiya , Kino , and the people from japan are all going through the same thing . Loss , despare , and sadness . Both have gone through a very rough time but all will heal with what they have left . Everything can only get better from here . Both suffered from a tsunami and are having very hard times getting through the suffering and pain .

    • Jacob Kosisnki permalink
      August 15, 2011 3:26 pm

      I disagree when you say “Jiya will do whats best for him and go with the Old Gentlemen.” I think that staying with Kino is whats right for Jiya because they have known each other their entire lives. Jiya belongs with Kino and his family, because he is part of the family.

      • Yazmine Thomas permalink
        November 5, 2011 11:31 pm

        I agree to your disagree because i know that staying with kino is the best for him and they know the family very well and the dad said hes always wanted another son .

      • Jacob Kosinski permalink
        November 15, 2011 5:39 pm

        And if Jiya decided to live with the Old Gentleman, he would probably never really be truly happy. It may look like Jiya would have a good life with the Old Gentleman on the outside, but on the inside, he would never be truly happy.

        • Zach CIko permalink
          January 3, 2012 7:54 pm

          I completely agree he may have a happy outside rich life, but money can’t buy happiness

  20. August 14, 2011 9:18 pm

    Due to the closeness of Jiya and Kino as friends, I believe that Jiya will decide to stay with Kino and his family. Though i think that it will be very hard on Kino to try and convince him otherwise as his father wished. Despite the advantages of living with the old gentleman, Jiya need to have something familiar to help him recover the tragic loss of his family. He has lost everything he once knew, as did the people in Japan now, and needs comfort. Kino’s family is there for that comfort, and are important in Jiya’s recovery after the tsunami.
    I think as well, that is is very hard for Jiya to recover, the same thing is occurring though for those in the 2011 tsunami in Japan. I believe that unless you have truly gone through what these people have gone through, you can never really know how painful and hard it is. Everything you ever knew being taken from you, stripped bare of all that was natural, it is probably the most difficult thing to live through. I hope that we; as fellow people in the world, can help the people of Japan get through these times of sorrow.

    • Hannah Schram permalink
      August 14, 2011 9:57 pm

      Jackie, I agree with you all the way. If Jiya lives with Kino’s family, then he can feel more comfortable with his “new” life. It will make it easier for him to recover from the pain the big wave has caused him.

  21. Hannah Schram permalink
    August 14, 2011 9:50 pm

    I think Jiya will survive and heal from this tradegy he has been through by keeping in his thoughts that his family loves him and that they will always be with him whether they are alive or dead. I believe he will stay with Kino’s family because he has a better relationship with them and that they can help him live life a little better. Although the Old Gentleman can offer better shelter and a good education, Kino’s family can really make him feel like he has a family again. It would take some time for Jiya to get over his tears and bad thoughts but he will eventually live up to Kino’s father’s words. Living with Kino’s family could start him with new relationships and fun with Kino and his parents. Therefore, leading Jiya to a happier life that will set him away from falling apart.
    This year, many people in Japan have suffered death or lost of loved ones in the tsunami. Many people have lost family and friends like Jiya. Some people in Japan today are still trying to clean themselves up. There were also survivors during the tsunami that were relieved they were still alive just like Jiya and Kino’s family. What Jiya went through was horrific but some people in Japan had it worse. Jiya will never forget what happened but he will get over it and try to live and cope with his new life.

    • Drew Burjek permalink
      August 14, 2011 10:19 pm

      You are right, Jiya could even have a better life if he becomes a part of a different fammily. He will learn more and he will get stronger. It will make it easier for him to forget bad things that has happened to him. And after the earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese mostly had it worse and were traumatised about everything, as Jiya can still live his life with a caring family.

    • August 14, 2011 10:53 pm

      I agree.

      Just kidding Mr. Curtis. Hannah, I agree because Old Gentlemen can offer the world to him, but he can’t offer the love that Kino’s family has for him.

    • cj moody permalink
      November 1, 2011 3:33 pm

      very well described! i agree so much with the fact that he will have it made if he lives with the old gentleman in the castle.

  22. Meghan Moreno permalink
    August 14, 2011 10:05 pm

    I think Jiya will learn to survive by remembering his parents and keeping their memory alive. Although they are gone, he will heal himself by knowing that they will always be in his heart. They are his own flesh and blood.

    Jiya and Kino are going through what a lot of people are going through in Japan today. Jiyo lost his family, neighbors, his home. The tsunami in Japan earlier this year caused a lot of damage to familys and towns. They can’t live on the same way as they did. Their lives changed like Jiya’s and Kino’s will.

    • nate zurawski permalink
      August 15, 2011 9:24 am

      I agree with your prediction Jiya will always remember his parents and that’s how he will survive.

  23. Drew Burjek permalink
    August 14, 2011 10:11 pm

    I predict that Jiya will be alright as long as he is with people that care about him, and Kino’s family does. They would take him in any time of need, because Jiya has been like a brother to kino forever. Like Kino’s father said, he will heal in time, and will learn to live with Kino’s family like they are his own.
    The people in Japan have been through alot just like Jiya and if you compare what happened to Jiya and what happened to most Japanese during the earthquake and tsunami, Jiya is lucky. People in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami lost their homes and their family, similar to Jiya. But, when the power plant exploded, many peoples food were toxic and they couldn’t eat. Jiya had a place to stay and a plate to eat off of.

    • Kamil Czaplinski permalink
      August 14, 2011 11:26 pm

      I agree 100% with your prediction. Jiya and Kino are like brothers. THey are like a second family to each other. In Poland, families, that are good friends with each other will often just call each other, “cousin”, “uncle” or “aunt”.

  24. August 14, 2011 10:47 pm

    I predict that Jiya will miss his dad for awhile, but as Kino’s dad says, “Jiya will soon realize that this is only a stage in his life”.

    Japan can connect because, Just like in the story, Japan has a tsunami which sucked up millions of families, houses, and buildings. Just like in the story.

  25. Kamil Czaplinski permalink
    August 14, 2011 11:09 pm

    I predict that Jiya will defiantly survive and heal from this tragedy. I think that he will want to stick with Kino and his family, because he’s known them for so much longer, rather than just going to someone that is almost a complete stranger to him. Jiya knows how important education and a good future is, but he would rather have someone closer by him, since his birth family isn’t there for him. It is definitely hard to go through something like this and in a situation like this, “family” comes before education.
    The people of Japan and JIya have lived through a similar tragedy and have all lost their loved ones because of it. I would go to imagine that at the heat of the moment, it must have felt extremely devastating but the people of Japan from what I have recently seen, have all grown past that loss. Jiya has to do the same, and has to let it grow on him. It will always be with him, but he will just learn to live with it.

  26. nate zurawski permalink
    August 15, 2011 9:22 am

    I predict that Jiya will learn to cope with the fact that his whole family is dead by enjoying life with Kino’s family or living with the Old Gentleman in the castle. What Kino and Jiya are going through are the same as the people in Japan people are missing friends and family members. Other people’s homes were destroyed.

    • cj moody permalink
      November 1, 2011 3:30 pm

      very short but hit right to the point.. good job

    • Yazmine Thomas permalink
      November 5, 2011 11:35 pm

      I agree it is almost the same. But i think the most recent is far worst but they probably were having the same feelings

    • Kevin Wilson permalink
      January 4, 2012 10:35 am

      i like how you described it. it was described realy good and it was short. you got every think in that you needed to in a small simmple paragraph.

  27. Jacob Kosisnki permalink
    August 15, 2011 3:19 pm

    I think that time will heal Jiya. He may be heartbroken now, but over time he will learn that life must go on. Wounds heal, and so will Jiya. It might leave a scar, but Jiya will learn to live with it.

    What Jiya and kino went through is a lot like what those in Japan have gone through. A tsunami hit, and many people died. It left a lot of destruction on Kino and Jiya’s town, just like it did to Japan recently.Kino, Jiya, and their town will recover, just like those in Japan will. Then they will try to be ready for the next diaster.

    • January 3, 2012 5:16 pm

      If only it left a physical scar he could live by my friend’s philosophy, “Pains temparary. Gloaries forever. And chicks dig scars.”
      But metal scars are pretty brutal too.

  28. Alexis Sibley permalink
    August 15, 2011 4:54 pm

    I predict that it will take time for Jiya to heal. He probably will be very sad and looking for some way to get over the loss of his family. Jiya will learn that he cant go back in time and save his family or die with his family. He will learn to accept the fact that they are gone and will never come back. All wounds eventually heal, Jiya’s will take alot of time though.

    What Jiya and Kino went through is very similar to what the people of Japan are going through today. They both suffered the loss of family and friends. Homes and villages were destroyed both then & now. They both had little time to prepare for what was coming & when it came, nothing was left.

  29. August 19, 2011 4:04 pm

    I think he will be able to survive because he knows he safe in the castle, but he may not be able to heal because his parents may be gone due to the tsunami. He may be sad but he will know that he’s safe in the castle.

    The book can connect to what happened in Japan because both what happened in Japan and in the book, millions of people and families were sucked into the sea and died. Plus both the village and the city lost many homes and landscape

  30. cj moody permalink
    November 1, 2011 3:29 pm

    I think that Jiya will choose the wise decision to live in the big castle. I think he will do choose this because he won’t have to be worried about being destroyed by the “big wave”. Also he wont be thinking about his family or town that was wiped out in the terrible accident. If he lives with Kino he will think of how him and his family were together. People in Japan been feeling the same feelings as Jiya. Everyone has to be intact with their new surroundings. Jiya obviously didnt lose as much as the people in modern japan but he was still hurt.

  31. Yazmine Thomas permalink
    November 5, 2011 11:26 pm

    I predict that jiya is just going to do his best to try and forget about what happen . I think this because if i was in this situation i would probably do the same. I cant even imagine going threw what kino and jiya went threw, mostly jiya its goin to be hard loosing your family like that and having to stay with another family. I also think that jiya would grow jealous of kino mainly because he has his family here and jiya has no family whats so ever .

    • January 3, 2012 5:13 pm

      I’d probably try to forget what happen too if I were Jiya. Snice forgetting is easier than remembering. It’s got to be hard to lose your whole family. On the bright side though, Jiya still has his bestfriend and his family.

    • Zach CIko permalink
      January 3, 2012 7:56 pm

      I think that Jiya can never completly forget the memory no matter how hard he tries.

      • Kevin Wilson permalink
        January 4, 2012 10:32 am

        i agree with you his family will always be in his mind even though they are dead.

  32. January 3, 2012 5:11 pm

    Jiya will have his best bud, Kino, to use for some moral support when he needs it. And when Jiya finally dieceds to stop sleeping his life away, he will relize that not everything is lost forever. The village will start to be rebuilt by other surivors, he’s still alive and has the stories and memeories of his family to spred, and the nature of the island is still intack.
    The people of Japan and Jiya and Kino both exspenced shocking events. They didn’t see it coming. For those who pasted out like Jiya did, waking up and seeing such a difference must have been very tuff. For those who were awake and watched like Kino, flashbacks, nighmares, and questions must be popping up left and right.

  33. Kevin Wilson permalink
    January 4, 2012 10:30 am

    i think he will live with kino and his family because they have taken him in and treated him as family. also i think he will get through it by remembering his family is gone but they will allways be in his heart. also i think he will stay with kino because he is his friend.

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