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05:39 pm: What kind of meat would you like with your soyburger?
I intended to bring up this little anecdote the other day, but it slipped my mind. While I was out shopping Saturday, a guy at the grocery store was giving out samples of soyburgers for people to try. For a moment, my spirits lifted. Could it be? Could someone in Japan have finally realized there is a market for vegetarian products? ...But then I picked up one of the packages and read the ingredients. The very first item on the list was chicken. (The guy kept trying to give me a sample, but I told him I didn't eat meat...so, of course, he directed me to the fish-flavored one.)

Only in Japan would they make a soyburger whose main ingredient is dead animal.

Today I put together a little more of the "no substitute teacher?" puzzle. One of my team teachers is going with a group of students on a trip to Australia the day before the last day of classes. We were supposed to have two lessons that day, but naturally she won't be there. I found out from her that, on the official schedule for the class, they write in the name of another member of the English department to fill in for her...and that other teacher simply doesn't show up, leaving the class entirely in my hands.

Ah, well, it's the penultimate day of class. The students won't be there mentally anyway.

Next week is the last full week of classes for the year, and it is going to be a "special schedule." My schedule is really mostly unchanged, with the exception that Wednesday is a half day, and my fairytale class won't meet at all. So, in between the mid-term that they just took and the final exam at the end of January, that class will meet exactly three times this month and another three or possibly four times next month. Making up a final exam to cover only about six or seven lessons' worth of material will be challenging. (Exams are never cumulative, as far as I'm aware.)

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Date:December 7th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
The very first item on the list was chicken.
Sounds like the tofu burger at Starbucks. I hear there was a similar thing at McDonalds last year before I got arrived, too. According to my coworkers, it's pretty common. I think the problem is that in America we think of tofu as a substitute for meat, but here it's just another food. It's not any stranger than mixing, say, beef and broccoli.

I told him I didn't eat meat...so, of course, he directed me to the fish-flavored one.
*headdesk* Will it NEVER end? (Yes, I know the answer to that question.)
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