Musings about Japan and life as a human, a cosplayer, a minority, a music lover, an English teacher.


Recently, we talked about food in my last adult Japanese class.

Me: “What’s your favorite food?”
Student: “I like strawberries.
Me: *smiles* Oh okay. Why?
Student: “Because…FRESH…SPIRIT…SOUND.
Me: Hm?
Me: … (>_>)
Other students: Huh?? (O_o)
Me: Ah, you think strawberries are refreshing…?

He said it with such pride that I could only nod my head and move on to the next person.

In other news, I had a brief conversation with some of 4th graders, who are probably some of the funniest kids I’ve ever taught.

Girl: Sensei, (says something I could hear clearly)
Me: Hm?
Girl: Otaku? Do you know what an otaku is?
Me: Ohhhh! I’m a Dynasty Warriors* otaku.
Girl and boy sitting next to her: ” Ehhhhhh?! *burst out laughing*
Me: (T____T) <—-crying after being ridiculed


*Dynasty Warriors is a video game based on the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China, known as “sangokushi” in Japanese. The series as well as similar games made by Koei are some of the most popular and well-known in Japan.


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