Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram

Black Music

Japanese teens love "Black Music." They are crazy over hip-hop, they enjoy rap, and I have at least one student working on a serious speech extolling the virtues of reggae.

The "gangster" style of clothing is also popular, particularly among teen boys. The truly "stylish" ones wear their pants so saggy, they're practically hanging around the poor boys' knees. I have previously had the urge to whip out my camera and get a shot of this fashion statement, but... <imagines headlines> "Gaijin woman arrested for photographing the rear ends of teenage boys"... Um, no thanks.

Anyway, one of the things I do is check and correct papers for English teachers of other classes. One of the papers handed to me today was a show-and-tell speech about Black Music. There is just something about correcting the English of a teenage Japanese girl raving about Dr. Dre and Snoop's really special.

She concluded her speech with this statement, which I probably won't forget anytime soon: "Black Music is one of the necessaries of life."
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