The Samurai's Garden Topics for Discussion

Gail Tsukiyama
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What was it that took Stephen to Tarumi? List the reasons his parents thought the change was necessary.

Who were Stephen's siblings? What kind of relationship did he have with them?

How did Stephen's mother discover his father's affair? What changes did that discovery make in the lives of the various characters? Stephen? His mother? His father?

How did Sachi know Matsu? Describe Sachi's actions when she discovered she was infected with leprosy.

Did Stephen expect to enjoy his time in Tarumi? What changed for him?

Describe Matsu's garden. Compare that with Sachi's garden. What are the similarities? Differences? Why does each enjoy their particular gardens? What does Stephen find attractive in each?

How did Matsu know Kenzo? What was it that prompted Kenzo to commit suicide?

What was the attitude about suicide among those from Matsu's lifetime and society? What did Sachi think about her inability...

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