Discuss the backdrop of the Nagasaki bomb in the novel.
Amaterasu spends most of the novel feeling that she is to blame for things that have happened. How has this affected her life and does the novel provide a resolution?
Discuss the title of the novel. What do you think that the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each chapter add to the story?
What did you feel that you learnt about Japanese culture and the differences between East and West?