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Japan Book Club: The Big Wave – Part 4

August 15, 2011

This week I  want you to read until around page 46 (at least that’s the page number in my book).  Stop when you get to the section that says, “Time passed. Jiya grew up in the farmhouse…”

In this section of 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.

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. Persephone Allee permalink
    August 15, 2011 7:05 pm

    Jiya’s choice of living with Kino and his family can be seen as both a good and a bad thing. It is good since he can live in a family he knows will love him and he already knows them well. He has Kino not only as a friend now but as a brother. He can live with them knowing he will always be supported. If he would live with the Old Gentleman who knows if he will have time for him.
    The bad side in this scenario is that he will lose the oppurtunity to be wealthy. He would not have to work to survive and live off of the bare minimum. Money will never be an issue and he can have almost anything he wants. The question would be now is that is it enough?

    • Jessica Sherwin permalink
      August 16, 2011 5:18 pm

      I don’t think it would be enough. Since money can by you things, but it can’t by love and happiness, even Jiya had said that he would not have everything even if he decided to live with him, since the Old Gentleman can’t give the same “family” feeling as Kino’s family that is similar to Jiya’s family.

      • Jacob Kosinski permalink
        November 15, 2011 5:57 pm

        I agree with you, Jiya would never be happy with the Old Gentlemen because of how he has known Kino most of his live, and is his best friend. Kino is the closest thing to a family Jiya has, and a family is what he needs. The Old Gentlemen could never replace that.

    • Kamil Czaplinski permalink
      August 20, 2011 11:23 pm

      Money isn’t everything in life, in my opinion. Yes you do need some to survive, and as long as you can survive, it is alright. Kino’s family has enough to survive and I think that what the Old Gentleman offered, was nothing. The love that Kino’s family brings to Jiya, is worthless and unchangeable, although, it still isn’t as strong as his own family, it is defiantly much stronger than what the Old Gentleman and Jiya would ever have.

    • Lyssette Bedolla permalink
      August 21, 2011 6:19 pm

      Money can not buy everything. Money could never buy the love that Kino’s family has given Jiya.

    • Blair Tuider permalink
      August 22, 2011 12:01 pm

      I agree with you because Jiya and Kino were like brothers from the begining, and now they could be brothers. They will support each other for their whole lives. Jiy also wanted a real family, and he didn’t want just money he wanted to have a real loving family.

    • cj moody permalink
      November 1, 2011 3:37 pm

      that gave me a good visual in my head. i was thinking the same. how would he feel ? is it enough for him?

  2. Alexis Sibley permalink
    August 16, 2011 1:13 pm

    I think that Jiya made the right choice because he did what he wanted to do. Even though he could have lived with Old Gentleman and had riches and everything that he could ever want, he chose a place where he would be happy. Instead of never lifting a finger living with Old Gentleman, he chose living the hard way, where he would work for food, and do hard labor. He took the hard road. The bad thing about him not going to live with Old Gentleman is that he lost a lot of learning opportunities. He would have goten whatever he wanted because Old Gentleman would have never had to worry about money. Now he has to live with whatever Kino’s family can afford, which isn’t much. But living with the people you love is better than getting whatever you want. You can’t buy love or happiness. In my opinion, he made the right choice living with Kino.

    • Persephone Allee permalink
      August 19, 2011 10:43 am

      I completely agree with you. Money can’t buy you love and happiness. The Old Gentleman’s offer to live with him seems to me of his way of getting an heir. Jiya is smart and young, but the Old Gentleman made the wrong offer. Perhaps if he something along the lines this, “Not only can you have everything you want but, I will always be there for you as a new father,” it would have worked. This could have swayed Jiya’s mind.

    • Alyssa Gue permalink
      August 21, 2011 1:44 pm

      I agree with you Alexis, I’d rather have people I’m close to and know I could trust, rather than someone I don’t know but is rich. Family is more important to me, and I think that’s what Jiya was thinking about when he made his decision.

    • August 21, 2011 5:09 pm

      i agre with u on him losing learning opportunitties. he could get a better education while living with old gentlemen but he doesnt know him so it would be hard if he had to ask for help.

    • Drew Burjek permalink
      August 21, 2011 7:21 pm

      Your right, money cant buy happiness. Jiya needs a family, and Old Gentleman might not be that loving of a guy. Jiya may never be able to learn the troubles of life and he could be spoiled. If the Old Gentleman said that he would love Jiya, then his offer would be more reasonable.

    • Blair Tuider permalink
      August 22, 2011 12:07 pm

      I agree with you because Jiya was all alone and didn’t want to be cared for by just one person and have money. He wanted a real family with a real home, insead of living in a castle. Jiya did want to do things the hard way to get a great life with hiss adoptive family.

    • Jacob Kosinski permalink
      November 15, 2011 6:06 pm

      It would of been almost pointless for Jiya to live with the Old Gentlemen, because he has always wanted to be a fisherman. Learning and gaining knowelege is good, but doesnt really matter when you are catching fish for a living.

    • Zach CIko permalink
      January 3, 2012 7:48 pm

      I think money is a good thing to have but to have that over a loving family isn’t worth it…

  3. Jake Fabian permalink
    August 16, 2011 2:20 pm

    Jiya’s choice of living was probably the biggest choice of his life. One house he will spend his childhood with a friend, wondering if he will even be able to eat. The other is living with a stranger where are all his worries and needs are taken care of. Each of these has it’s pros and cons. Living with Kino, he’ll always have someone to talk to. However, he might not get fed as often and all his needs might not be met. Living with the old gentleman means he could have everything he ever wanted. The bad side of this is that he’s living with a stranger.

    • Persephone Allee permalink
      August 19, 2011 10:48 am

      Another problem may be if Jiya lives with the Old Gentleman is that not only will he be living with a complete stranger, he might never get to know him. If the Old Gentleman is too busy, will Jiya ever get to see him?

      • Meghan Moreno permalink
        August 21, 2011 2:58 pm

        And maybe the Old Gentleman is just trying to trick him. I don’t know, maybe he just wants something out of him. He might make him work if he wants a good education and food. He is a complete stranger.

  4. Sydney Bebar permalink
    August 16, 2011 4:32 pm

    Jiya has led himself to both good and bad things. It is good for him to live with Kino because he will be familiar with the family. With the old gentleman, he just met him in person for the first time. Also, he already knows that the family loves him dearly. Lastly, the family and him have had a past together, where the old man hasn’t had a past to build his feelings on him.
    Though, some bad things have come with the deal, too. Jiya has passed up the opportunity to have a guaranteed future. He also has accepted that he will live on the money that he works for. He will have to rough it for a while to start off, while with the old gentleman, he will start off rich not having to work at all.

    • August 21, 2011 4:12 pm

      I kind of disagree with how you say that he will have a hard time with Kino’s family. Before he had to work for the money they earned as fishermen, how would he have a harder time? Also, I think it would actually be harder to go from having to work, to having everything in front of you.

    • Elise Vice permalink
      August 21, 2011 4:29 pm

      I kind of disagree, in a way. Though, he may be “poor” money-wise, he has plenty of love and support from Kino’s family. The Old Gentleman may have tried to love Jiya, in time, but it wouldn’t be the same, as Jiya loves Kino’s family almost as his own. Love will always overpower money.

    • Tyler Pearson permalink
      February 19, 2012 2:00 pm

      I have to disagree with you sydney. Money is kind of like the root of all evil, and love kind of fights it that way. There’s no poorness in love and other things when it comes to kino’s family, even if they’re dirt poor.

  5. Jessica Sherwin permalink
    August 16, 2011 5:13 pm

    Jiya choosing to live with Kino’s family could be considered a good and bad choice depending on the reason. It’s a good thing since Jiya could live with people that know him and love him like a second family. He’ll have to work hard, but that’ll help in life, like working in the fields could give him strength and experience he might need one day. If he lived with the Old Gentlemen, he’ll probably won’t have that kind of experience and be locked away forgetting all of those he loved. I also think that the Old Gentlemen would actually turn him into a servant like the other children, only pretending he wanted Jiya as a son.
    On the other hand, living with the Old Gentleman will give Jiya a better education than Kino’s family could give. He wouldn’t have to cook or work since there would be servants for that. Jiya would also be able to visit Kino and his family once in awhile too; he could help Kino’s family out by giving them money to survive. Jiya would be able to have anything he wanted if he had chosen to be with the Old Gentleman.

    • Sydney Bebar permalink
      August 21, 2011 2:59 pm

      Thats true, choosing to live with Kino’s family was risky because of the unsure outcome. While the Old Gentleman could have given him everything he both needed and wanted. Though living with Kino was the better decision.

      • Jessica permalink
        August 21, 2011 9:45 pm

        Yes, it’s definitely a choice that Jiya won’t have regrets about.

        • Zach CIko permalink
          January 3, 2012 7:49 pm

          He might have regrets though if the family can’t get enough money for everyone.

  6. Mark Burjek permalink
    August 18, 2011 3:36 pm

    Jiya had a very tough decision, and each place has pros and cons.

    Living with Kino’s family is a great environment for him. They all have a very strong relationship, and Jiya will always feel loved there. He’s even with Setsu, who he has a crush on. However, their family is much more poor. They will all have to work harder to get dinner on their plates every night.

    On the other hand, the Old Gentleman is a very wealthy man. He could get Jiya any material thing he wants. He will never be hungry, and always get things his way. But this man is a stranger to Jiya. They will never have a loving relationship with each other, and for all we know, this man might neglect children. Jiya could also become a spoiled brat once he always gets everything he wants.

    In my opinion, Jiya made the right choice. He is not sure of the risks that there can be with the Old Gentleman, and Kino’s family will feel more of a true family to him.

    • Ben Trouvais permalink
      August 20, 2011 1:20 pm

      I totally agree. It is better to live with somebody that you already know than some old man who you’ve only talked to once before. The fact that he could become a spoiled brat is also a possibility. Take movie stars for an example. They waste their lives getting the royal treatment and don’t care about what others think. If Jiya turned into this, his relationship with Kino’s family would be flushed down the toilet.

  7. August 19, 2011 4:10 pm

    I think Jiya made the right choice because yes he could have lived with the rich old man but he chose to live with his friend and his poor family. I think he chose to live with Kino and his poor family bc he didn’t want to leave the village. I also think he may have made the wrong choice because he could have had a better life in the castle but maybe he didn’t make a wrong choice maybe he did make the right one. either way he went with what he wanted to do.

    • Ben Trouvais permalink
      August 20, 2011 1:25 pm

      I don’t think that the only reason why he wanted to stay with Kino was because he would be close to the village. I think he stayed because of his relationship with Kino. Also I don’t think he would have had a better life in the castle. Sure there is endless riches, but who is there that he could talk to? His life would be better with Kino because of the love that resides with the family.

  8. Ben Trouvais permalink
    August 20, 2011 1:15 pm

    I think Jiya chose to live with Kino’s family because they had the one thing to offer that Old Gentleman coulden’t. Kino’s family could give Jiya a warm loving place to grow and live. Jiya is already very close to Kino and his family. Sure Old Gentleman has wealth but he is a complete stranger to Jiya. Kino’s family can give Jiya the emotion support to grow and overcome his parent’s death. Old Gentleman isn’t concerned about this. Instead he only cares about having a boy that he can call his son.
    On that note, however, old gentleman could give the world to Jiya. Anything Jiya could possibly want would be within his reach. He woulden’t need to work or worry about when his next meal would come. That said, money can’t buy love. It can only be provided by those who care about you. This is why Jiya chose Kino’s family over Old Gentleman.

    • Kamil Czaplinski permalink
      August 20, 2011 11:16 pm

      Jiya could have had everything, EXCEPT love, if he would have chosen to live with The Old Gentleman, yet it would have been much harder to get over the tragedy that has just happened to his family and village. The Old Gentleman is defiantly like a complete stranger.

      • Meghan Moreno permalink
        August 21, 2011 3:01 pm

        Yeah, Kino’s family knew Jiya’s family and Jiya is a lot closer to them. They can get through thier loss together. No one could get over thier entire families death with someone they barelt know. Jiya could heal faster and actually have a life again with Kino and his family.

    • Alyssa Gue permalink
      August 21, 2011 1:40 pm

      I agree with you Ben, especially on your reasoning on why Jiya stayed with Kino’s family. He knows them, and he’s close to them, and Jiya knows that they will help him with whatever he may need.

    • Bobby cortesi permalink
      August 21, 2011 9:22 pm

      i defiantly agree like everyone Jiya needs the emotional support more now then ever so that was a good point you made. Also that kino and jiya act basically like family and it would make sense to stay like that

    • Shane Chetney permalink
      August 21, 2011 10:21 pm

      I totally agree with Ben. Old gentelman could buy Jiya almost everything. But the one thing he couldn’t buy him, was love. Old gentelmen just wanted a boy to call his son, but not to love him. If old gentelmen wanted a son why didn’t he invite the children in the back to be “his” children?? Old gentelmen only chose Jiya becasue he heard Jiya was the “best” boy in the village.

  9. Bobby cortesi permalink
    August 20, 2011 9:03 pm

    i believe Jiya made the right choice because he chose friendship over money. I can imagine him being happy either decision but happier with Kino. In the position he was in he was unsure and wanted to see what was to come. With the old gentleman he would have a good enriched life where he could have almost everything other then a loving, adoring family. But with Kino he has a loving family to care for him and to support him emotionally even though they can’t financially. I predict that it will help Jiya develop and grow because he grows up with his best friend and has a father mother and sister to take him in other then just the old gentleman and his many servants.
    I don’t personally think he has made the wrong choice because he will benefit more from his choice and won’t grow up spoiled or rich

    • Sydney Bebar permalink
      August 21, 2011 3:01 pm

      Good point! He will be more benefitted from emotional support from a family, instead of financial support from a rich gentleman. He will shape out to be better with happiness and poverty, than sadness and wealth.

    • Mark Burjek permalink
      August 21, 2011 5:20 pm

      Definitely, I’m sure that many people would rather be surrounded by love than people they don’t know with a lot of money. Both options are good, but Kino’s family is a just a little bit better as a choice.

  10. Kamil Czaplinski permalink
    August 20, 2011 10:35 pm

    In my personal opinion, I think that Jiya made the right choice because Kino’s family and Jiya are a lot closer than the Old Gentleman. They have known each other for so much longer. All that the Old Gentleman had to offer, was pretty much money. Although Kino’s family had pretty much a minimum amount of money to survive, while living a decent life, they could also offer love. I’ve heard from somewhere, someone that “money can’t buy you love”, which after researching, I found out was a song by The Beetles.Not only can Kino’s family provide love, but they can also provide someone to talk to, and someone to be there for Jiya, who Jiya will actually know.
    Although Jiya has made the right choice in my opinion, there are a few things that he is missing out on. With Kino’s family, Jiya will more than likely have to participate in harsh labor. With the Old Gentleman, he would have the easier life, no worry about money, food, school, or having to work hard.

    • August 21, 2011 4:10 pm

      I think that i agree almost entirely with you and how you point out that he would have love from people he was familiar with. I also like the beetles reference :3

      • Mark Burjek permalink
        August 21, 2011 5:26 pm

        Jiya’s life would be almost too easy with the Old Gentleman, and who would really want that? Also, that song line would apply to his everyday life, which would not be fun. You’re right, being around Kino’s family will keep his heart always filled with love.

  11. Alyssa Gue permalink
    August 21, 2011 1:50 pm

    I believe, that Jiya made the right choice staying with Kino’s family. He has known Kino and his family for years, and knows he can trust them to take care of him no matter what, and he already treats Kino like a brother. Kino’s family offers something the Old Gentleman never could, a loving home. Sure, the Old Gentleman could try I suppose trying to possibly buy love, but i dont believe that Jiya could ever have the kind of relationship that he has with Kino and his family, with the Old Gentleman. Nor do i believe that you can buy someone’s love and trust, life shouldnt work like that.

    • Alyssa Gue permalink
      August 21, 2011 1:52 pm

      (continued) Even though the Old Gentleman could provide a future to Jiya for certain, it still wouldn’t have been enough. Jiya would have always been missing out on a real family.

    • Elise Vice permalink
      August 21, 2011 4:35 pm

      I agree with you, money can never buy love or respect. That is what the Old Gentleman would have tried to do, I don’t think they could have actually had a real relationship, like Jiya and Kino have. They both trust each other, and are already practically brothers.

    • Drew Burjek permalink
      August 21, 2011 7:27 pm

      Your totally right, Jiya will be missing the opportunity of having a real family in his life. If the Old Gentleman could provide a future, it doesnt fill the void in his heart to have a real family.

  12. Meghan Moreno permalink
    August 21, 2011 2:55 pm

    Jiya’s descision was sort of brave in a way. He just took on this whole life of living without money and a ton of hard work. This desicion was also, I think, the best to chose. With the Old Genltleman, he would have had to get you to living with a man he did not know at all. But at Kino’s home, he would have had people that truely loved him. Jiya has known them for a lot longer and have a closer relationship.
    This also could have been the wrong desicion because know, Jiya is going to have t0 work a lot harder for what he wants. He will always be very poor and won’t be such a good education. With the Old Gentleman, he would have gotten a really good education and pretty much whatever he wanted. He would never have to question if there was going to be enough dinner for him or if he will ever get smart. The Old Gentleman would have just made his life a lot easier.

    • August 21, 2011 5:02 pm

      i agree with you on the part where you said “But at Kino’s home, he would have had people that truely loved him”. Kino’s family does love him and so does Kino and i belive that they would take him and treat him as one of their own. 🙂

    • Bobby cortesi permalink
      August 21, 2011 9:26 pm

      Megan- i agree that his decision was brave and how he gave up everything for almost nothing but what was most important(family). Like you said if he chose to live with the old gentleman he wouldn’t have known him so he made the right choice.

  13. August 21, 2011 4:08 pm

    I personally believe that Jiya made a decision that would benefit him greatly emotionally, and is great for his recovery. He would be around people that love and comfort him in the process of coping with the loss of his family. They are familiar parts of his life that he feels that he can be himself around and they are family. Money cannot buy that, and that is why he stayed. Kino and his family are rich in their own way, and they are what is best for Jiya, and he made the right choice.
    I do think though that he could have had a very prosperous life with the old gentleman, but he wouldn’t have been happy. It seems as though the target of why the old gentleman wished to adopt him to buy him happiness and give him everything. I know that i would have chosen to live with Kino, for the main reason of being around something that remained the same after the tsunami. Though he could have money, love from people that are “family” to him.

    • tyler webber permalink
      August 22, 2011 1:17 pm

      I agree , Jiya’s descision would benefit in the long and help him get through the hard time .

    • cj moody permalink
      November 1, 2011 3:39 pm

      i agree alot with you. if he lives with kinos family they will love him and try to get through the bad tears and hard times of his life.

  14. Elise Vice permalink
    August 21, 2011 4:44 pm

    Both decisions would have left Jiya without something. Money or love; and I believe he chose the right thing to do. Going with Kino and his family would ensure the love and support he really needed at that point in his life. Sure, the money would have been good to have, but would it really be worth it in the end? I’m sure it was a little hard for him to decide though, after he lost everything, he may be scared it will happen again…he might be scared to have a family again. Although, I still think he made the right choice, and his life will be a lot better, than if he went to live with the Old Gentleman.

    • Giavonna Peaden permalink
      August 21, 2011 7:27 pm

      I agree with Elise, that once Jiya lost everything, he took the risk that he could lose his new family. That anything could happen, like the big wave again.

    • Hannah Schram permalink
      August 28, 2011 8:32 pm

      I agree, Elise. Jiya made the right decision by staying with the people who have been there for him and that will give him the love he needs. The money doesn’t even compare to how much better Jiya will be with Kino’s family.

  15. August 21, 2011 4:58 pm

    Jiya had to make a very difficult decision. Both decisions would’ve had a pro and a con so for him picking to stay with Kino’s family has both of those. Jiya made the right choice of staying with Kino’s family because he knows them better, he gets aong with the family better and he knows that Kino’s family loves him. It will be hard living with another family other than his own but he knows that he has to work hard for himself.
    This choice can also mean bad things. Because he didnt choose to go with a rich family that means that he wont get a god education he will only get what half of what the richer people get. He will have to work hard for his food and he will have to help do things that rich people dont.

    • Lyssette Bedolla permalink
      August 21, 2011 6:15 pm

      It still was a good decision thought. You do not need to be rich to be happy.

    • Giavonna Peaden permalink
      August 21, 2011 7:25 pm

      I agree with Lyssette, you don’t need riches and education to be happy. Jiya still had an education, it just wasn’t the education the old Gentlemen would’ve given him.

    • Hannah Schram permalink
      August 28, 2011 8:44 pm

      I agree with you Lyssette. Staying with Kino’s family will make Jiya’s life better evn though it doesnt involve riches and fortune. Although it will be difficult to live with a poor family, he still gets all the love he deserves.

  16. Lyssette Bedolla permalink
    August 21, 2011 6:54 pm

    Jiya has made a decision to live in the farm house with Kino‘s family. This decision had pros and cons but I believe despite the cons it was a wise decision.

    Kino’s family has already given the love and affection that Jiya desperately needed during his depression. They were prepared to take on the responsibility it takes to raise a third child despite the fact that they were poor.

    On the other hand with the old gentleman Jiya would be set for life. Good food, education, and the wealth could have been for Jiya. He would also be able to repay Kino and his for all the things they have done to take care of him. Jiya would have the money but not the family he needs. During the big wave Jiya needed a family not wealth.

  17. Drew Burjek permalink
    August 21, 2011 7:18 pm

    Jiya’s choice could have been good or bad. I personally think that Jiya made the right choice, because he gets to live with a family that he knows and that he knows will care for him. The Old Gentleman is rich and could have helped Jiya and Kino’s family, But, he may not have had a loving relationship with him and may not be happy. Then again, Kino’s family is poor and it may be hard to care for Jiya. Jiya definatly needed a family after the big wave, he doesnt need the wealth.

    • tyler webber permalink
      August 22, 2011 1:15 pm

      I agree , but dont you think that having what you need may be more important ?

    • nate zurawski permalink
      August 22, 2011 8:43 pm

      Your right Drew just imagine how awkward it would be the first couple weeks at the Old Gentleman’s castle, but at Kino’s house he is already familiar with everyone and he would almost feel like he is home.

  18. Giavonna Peaden permalink
    August 21, 2011 7:24 pm

    In the book, you can tell that Jiya and Kino are good friends. There families know eachother. Jiya somewhat trusted Kino and his family. Jiya didn’t want to leave someone he’d known pretty much his whole life, and he felt that Kino’s family was as close to his own family, he could get. I think Jiya made the right choice to live withe Kino, because Jiya was willing to work as hard as he needed to to get where he was at the end of the story. Kino’s family gave love and strength to Jiya. The Old Gentlemen wouldn’t be able to give love or strength, he would only be able to give his knowledge, and riches.

    Jiya’s choice had a few cons. Jiya wouldn’t be so safe on land than he could’ve been in the castle. Jiya could be a man of riches, and wisdom, but he gave that up to be a poor, hard working man.

    • Jessica permalink
      August 21, 2011 9:48 pm

      I think Jiya knew that being poor was goin to be hard and that he would have to go through tough times, but he wanted to be with Kino; his friend that was always by his side.

    • nate zurawski permalink
      August 22, 2011 8:45 pm

      You’re right if I was Jiya I would probably do the same thing.

      • January 3, 2012 5:43 pm

        Same here. I’d rather live my life with the people I know rather than move into a completely differnt socail class and lifestyal.

  19. Shane Chetney permalink
    August 21, 2011 10:12 pm

    I think Jiya made the right choice because living with people who love you can not be replaced by any amount of money. Jiya realizes this himself. When the manservant tells him how foolish he is, stating “you would have everything here”, Jiya replys “not everything.” Also when he returned to the farmhouse and gave Setsu a great hug, he felt comfort “creep” into his sad heart.
    Jiya may have made the wrong decision because now he will have to work for everything. His life will be more difficult than living at the caslte, he will definitely be less fortunate and probably not get as good of an education. But in the end, I believe Jiya made the best choice.

    • Yazmine Thomas permalink
      November 5, 2011 11:50 pm

      That is why i thought it was a good decision too he would never have anothe friend like kino a family like kinos .

  20. Blair Tuider permalink
    August 22, 2011 11:50 am

    Jiya’s choice to not live with the old gentleman was good because it gave him a family. Kino and Jiya would do anything for each other. Jiya choose the path were he could have two adults be his gaurdians and a “brother” and “sister” to love and care for him. Jiya and Kino were brothers from the start, and now that Jiya lives with Kino and his family they could be like real brothers . It was wrong that Jiya didn’t choose to live with the old gentleman because Jiya would have gotton wealth, and a nice home with servents. The old gentleman would have gave Jiya anything he wanted, but Jiya did’nt want that. If Jiya lived with the old gentleman he wouldn’t have learned important life lessons,such as not knowing how to do things for himself.

  21. tyler webber permalink
    August 22, 2011 1:13 pm

    I think that Jiya made the right choice because he would have ruined his relationship with Kino and his family . Also i think that if he would have moved with the Old Gentelmen then the love that he recieved would be as real and sincere as what Kino’s family can give him . Jiya may have also made the wrong choice because he could have much more money and nice things with the Old Gentlemen . Although that does not show real love it would still be more than what he would have with a real family .

    • Yazmine Thomas permalink
      November 5, 2011 11:48 pm

      Money cant by you happiness he would have had money and nice thing but he would be with a stranger with no one he knew and there is a family he knew already who took him in like he was his own i thought it was a good dicision.

  22. kevin wilson permalink
    August 22, 2011 5:42 pm

    i think that Jiya made the right coise because he chose the family that will care about him and love him. I that Jiya chose to live with Kino and his family because Jiya thinks of them as a second family. The only way Jiya could have made the wrong disision is if he wanted the best education. Just because he wont get the best education dosen’t mean he will not get a good one. so in the end i think that Jiya the best disision he could.

  23. nate zurawski permalink
    August 22, 2011 8:40 pm

    I think Jiya made the right choice. I probably would’ve done the same thing, he chose his friend over a wonderful life as a rich boy. Even when Kino tried to persuade him to stay at the castle. Kino is probably the best friend you could ever have if Jiya didn’t choose the castle.
    Jiya also could’ve made a bad choice because he could have had a perfect life, everything he could ever want. The Old Gentleman even offered to give Kino’s family money to help them, but Jiya still chose Kino’s family.

  24. Hannah Schram permalink
    August 28, 2011 8:25 pm

    I believe that Jiya definitely made the right choice staying with Kino’s family. He chose a poor family with hard work over a rich, wonderful life but there was a good reason for it. Jiya knows Kino and his family really well and would develope a better relationship with them. Plus, he would have Kino, his best friend, as his brother which could make him more happier and help him get over the big wave.
    On the other hand, Jiya could of also made a bad choice. If he would of stayed with the Old Gentlemen, he could of had a perfect life with education and a good home. Jiya could also not get reminded over the big wave that changed his life as much. Although he skipped the great opportunity, Jiya still chose the right path to stay with Kino and his family.

  25. Annie Harb permalink
    October 2, 2011 6:37 pm

    Jiya had a huge opportunity. He could have lived with the Old Gentleman but he chose to live with Kino and his family. I think that was the better of the two decisions. Kino and his family were willing to take him in and treat him as their own and love him, that’s very odd in this time so it was the right decision to do it. Also, he fell in love with an married Kino’s sister so it all turned out alright in the end.
    However, in a way he might have made the wrong decision. He could have been well educated and rich. He could have lived on his own island with the Old Gentleman who would have treated Jiya as his own child. But in the end, love conqures all. It was the right decision to live with Kino and his family, no doubt.

  26. cj moody permalink
    November 1, 2011 3:48 pm

    I think Jiyas decision was the good idea. if i were asking myself if i wanted money or love id pick love! there is no way someone could live with no love but have alot of money. kinos parents took him in and loved him. this was the best decision. it was a huge decision. he also made a wise decision to marry kinos sister. one of the few people he was actually close to at the time.

  27. Yazmine Thomas permalink
    November 5, 2011 11:43 pm

    I think jiya made the PERFECT decision for him. ofcourse the guy could give him everthing ,but i dont think jiya would have had a friend like kino, a family that would take him in like kinos family did or just love as if he were there own family member. If i was in the situation i would have chose to be with someone i actually knew.

  28. Tyler Pearson permalink
    November 12, 2011 12:12 pm

    I think Jiya made the right choice with this. Instead of leaving behind his family and best friend to live life as a rich person, he stayed with his friend and his new family because he knew he couldn’t leave them as nothing.

    • January 3, 2012 5:38 pm

      Plus if he left Kino, it would have been like he was tring to start all over again and erase anything that was of the past, when he’s family was still alive. Which would have been really complex thing for a kid of his age…

  29. Jacob Kosinski permalink
    November 15, 2011 5:50 pm

    I think that living with Kino was the right choice, even though it may be a hard life to live. Jiya has pratically grown up with Kino in the first place, and will fit into his family. Also, it was the choice that came from his heart, and that he wanted. Jiya will always belong with Kino’s family. Even if he had decided to live with the Old Gentlemen, he would of never really been happy. No one could support and raise him like Kinos family.

  30. January 3, 2012 5:36 pm

    Jiya made the right choice. He choosed the more “loveling” family rather than the rich man who wanted him for just his looks and smarts. Jiya choosed a life of hard work, careing, and friendship. He will live a happier life because he will be able to play with Kino anytime, other than when he’s working, and have parents who actually have “souls”. I don’t really think that the Old man had a soul quite like Kino’s mom and dad. The old man only took interst in Jiya because he was smart and handsome. Living iwth Kino, Jiya will truely live happily.
    He MAY have made the wrong choice because now, the family won’t have enough food for this season and die due to stravation?…

  31. Zach CIko permalink
    January 3, 2012 7:47 pm

    I think kino was a right choice as well as many other people. His family is much more loving then a rich guy who just wanted him for his “looks” . The family he choose is more kind and freindly and he kept a good frendship in tact. And was raised properly; if he didn’t die before he grew up.

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