Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram

If it's in the textbook, it must be true...

The weather has cooled down to the point that it's in the 50s when I wake up in the morning. I'm going to have to haul out the heater pretty soon.

Yesterday a pair of students came to my desk and gave me a piece of candy in return for the Halloween treats. It was the cutest thing. ^_^

Another thing that happened yesterday was that a group of teachers, office personnel, and other people from Ritsumeikan came to introduce themselves. It seems they will be observing/inspecting the school. They didn't show up in any of my classes, but I saw them walking around the building during the day.

I had some idle time, so I read the footnotes at the bottom of the teacher's manual for one of my textbooks. Usually I ignore such notes, because they typically explain little nuances of English and foreign culture for JTEs, so it isn't generally anything I need to know. This particular lesson involved a party setting, so this footnote was about parties.

It said to explain to the students that, if they ever go to a party at an American's house, they will notice that the house has incandescent lights. Japanese houses, in contrast, are as a rule lit mainly with fluorescent lights. The students are to be warned that they will find the lighting in the American's home dimmer than they are accustomed to, but they should also know that the dim lighting facilitates social interaction at parties.

This is followed by an explanation that the probable reason Americans use incandescent lighting is that, unlike the hardy brown eyes of Japanese people, Americans' blue eyes are weak and therefore find fluorescent lighting too bright. It adds that this is why so many non-Japanese people wear sunglasses.

...Now I know where the City of Glass author gets it. She must have learned it in school.
Tags: culture, school
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