December 16th, 2022


Warm up
What are you looking forward to for the holidays?

Topic of Discussion
Japanese folk tale “Mr. Lucky Straw”

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever heard this folk before? If so, when did you first hear it?
  2. Do you believe in luck? Why or why not? Do you believe luck is random, or do you believe there a higher power at work behind “lucky” circumstances? Please explain.
  3. Have you ever experienced circumstances that you felt were lucky or providential? If so, what happened?
  4. What role does the concept of “luck” play in Japanese culture?
  5. What’s your favorite folk tale and why?
  6. Do you know any folk tales from other countries or cultures? What are they?
  7. What makes a folk tale a folk tale? (In other words, what criteria does a story need to meet to be considered a folk tale?)