Killer Bananas and a Face-Saving Epiphany: Friday 13th May

Today in class I actually managed to understand over 80% of the questions that were directed towards me, and at least 60% of what was said in general. I even managed to tell the teacher that eating too many bananas can lead to death, via a potassium overdose. Of course this was all ruined when I then asked him if the exercise we were working from came from a similar book to our classroom; damn you kyoukasho (work book) and kyoushitsu (classroom)!

I have a dream: that one day I will be able to play Chinese Chess with a bunch of old men.

This afternoon Tokyo was awash with sunshine, but unlike earlier in the week the humidity was actually manageable. Walking through my local park, I came across a group of old timers by the baseball diamond. They are usually there, smoking; drinking; and generally just enjoying one other’s company, but this afternoon, drenched in sunlight as they were, I found myself being drawn towards them. As I walked towards them I had an epiphany, what the hell was I doing?!? I don’t even know how to differentiate between a classroom and a textbook; let alone play a game of Chinese chess. Something tells me that not even my banana story would have saved me.


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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