Monday, February 04, 2008

The Coolest Kid in School

Often, the "coolest" kids in junior high school are not those who are the most academically inclined. This temporary reverse meritocracy occurs in Japan as well. The girls whose affections are most sought after are those who hike their skirts the highest, enduring relentless and ineffective reprimands. These girls almost seem to compete to see who can say "I just don't seem to understand English" in the most cutesy Japanese possible. The boys are no different. This said, it should be unessesary to relate that Yusuke, whose status as ichiban kakoi (coolest) is apparent in his every action, whether it be meandering out of class in the midst of a lesson, fighting, or sagging his uniform like it was 1998 is no scholar of English. Thus, I found it endlessly amusing and endearing when while reading the students winter diaries (most of which were cookie cuttered right out of the book) I came across Yusuke's of which the entirety celebrates his girlfriend Mao.

I love Mao.
I enjoyed playing with Mao
Our anniversary is 2nd.
She is most important for me.
I had a good time with Mao.

Not only was Yusuke's the most creative; it was also the most honest. I also liked the hearts he illustrated it with.

1 comment:

bea said...

Thank goodness chivalry and romance is not dead! My heart melts; Mao is a lucky girl.