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05:57 am: What is it with Japanese men and used clothing...?
There was a break-in at my school yesterday, at 2:30am. Some guy (38) climbed in through a first-story window and took one of the girls' gym clothes. Luckily, he set off an alarm, and the police showed up to arrest him. You'd think, if someone broke into a school to steal things, they'd go for the kerosene items worth money--maybe computer equipment, for example--or even actual money from the office. But no. The guys who break in are all about the girls' clothes. (The last guy who broke in just stood around sniffing their gym shoes until he was caught.)

Aside from another Surprise!Solo Lesson, the rest of the day was uneventful. My speech class students decided they wouldn't get their Peach Boy Orange Girl skit finished in time, so they did an improv version of Little Red Riding Hood. They elaborated with details, like Riding Hood and her mother are all goopy over each other, but neither one likes the grandmother. (Riding Hood's mother has to pay her to deliver the goodie basket.) And the woodcutter was the grandmother's boyfriend, but he switches to Riding Hood when he sees how cute she is.

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From:mangaroo
Date:January 11th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
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they'd go for the kerosene
*snerk*

This is the kind of behavior that makes it challenging to filter out what is an exaggerated cultural in-joke in manga (the drunken salaryman with his tie wrapped around his head) and what is a reflection of familiar incidents. 'cause...SNIFFING SHOES?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 12th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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This is the kind of behavior that makes it challenging to filter out what is an exaggerated cultural in-joke in manga and what is a reflection of familiar incidents.

General rule of thumb: No matter how weird it seems...it's probably true.

Well...except for the student council running the school. But other than that...
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From:megory
Date:January 11th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh, my!

It does make one wonder.

How creative your students are! And in a foreign language. I love that they go out on a limb the way they do. It's something we might do in our own language, but really comes off as special when they use their new language as their own. I love it!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 11th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
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And the woodcutter was the grandmother's boyfriend, but he switches to Riding Hood when he sees how cute she is.

...Am I the only one who finds that slightly disturbing?

After all the potentially squicky BL I've read, you'd think nothing would disturb me, but I guess not.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 12th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
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...Am I the only one who finds that slightly disturbing?

The way I interpreted it, the grandmother <cough>me</cough> was relatively young and attractive, and the woodcutter was significantly younger than she was, but he hooked up with her because...well, it gets lonely out in the woods.

No matter how you look at it, though, it's a bunch of high school girls declaring love for each other, which is just cute as heck.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 12th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Oh, see, I didn't realize you were the grandmother. That's a different matter entirely. Now I'm just going to have to think the woodcutter is a jerk for dumping you.
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From:firesign10
Date:January 11th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Stealing girls' clothes and shoe-sniffing - ewwwwwwwwwwww!

Red Riding Hood - cute!!! :-) (but yeah, gotta second the grandmother's boyfriend switching to RRH is a little eww).
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