is living in japan for a while, and has seen some rather.. interesting things :: grins ::
Seems that as students grow older, their pencil cases begin losing innocence as well. At least, the ones I've seen this year in Grade 2 and Grade 3 classes sure are, um, interesting. Gone are the cute, colorful anime characters, replaced by Playboy bunnies, English swear words, and the increasingly-popular marijuana symbol. Even the son of the local doctor has one of these hemp-imprinted cases now. oO
After today, I wonder how many of them actually know what some of these things mean and if they're just using them because of the Western look.
*looks down at student's pencil case, which has George Bush with a Nazi hat and another picture of him standing with Hitler, along with the caption: Shit's still the same.*
Me: Hmmm . . . So, you don't like George Bush?
Student: No, I like Bush very much!
Me: Huh? You do like him?
Me: Wait, do you know what this is? It's a Nazi symbol.
Student: It's Bush!
Me: Um, and this is Hitler.
Student: Hito -- laa? . . . . . . . OK!!
*walks away, scratching head*