Fourteen-year-old Seikei's dream is to become a samurai. Unfortunately, he has little hope of realizing his dream because he is the son of a merchant. That is, he has no hope until he meets Judge Ooka and finds himself in the middle of a mystery.
Students will explore a new literary genre and produce a response to literature in this form. They will study haiku , a type of ancient Japanese poetry, learning about its characteristics, history, and cultural significance.