The Real Noboru Wataya
Throughout the novel, Toru Okada fixates on destroying Noboru Wataya, whom he considers to be a destructive influence on the political discourse of Japan. Looking at the descriptions of Wataya's appeal, make a list as a class of American politicians that are comparable. Is an American Wataya a Sarah Palin or a Dennis Kucinich?
From Japan's Vantage
Many films have been made about the Second World War from America's point of view. As a class, watch all or part of the Clint Eastwood film Letters from Iwo Jima. What does this film say about the Japanese mentality regarding the war? Why did they fight beyond all logic?
The world of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is one in which people trust the word of soothsayers and seers. Aside from psychics and fortune cookies, the most common for of American sooth-saying...
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