Oh you strange Japanese students…

Anzu, a kind apricot. Young students in Japan does not like anzu flavour. Because it is so sour?


It’s getting very close to the summer holidays in Japan now, so my students have been getting quite unruly as of late.

So, me being the hardworking and diligent teacher that I am, I decided to take the easy way out and buy candy to use as bribes incentives for them to concentrate in class.

Usually I buy the “10 fruits mix” bag of candies, but this time I decided to get a different brand for no particular reason – opting for the Asahi “Tokyo Sky Tree traditional flavours of Japan” bag, which only had three different fruits but had prettier packaging.

The three flavours were ichigo (strawberry), meron (melon) and something called “anzu” which I had never heard of before.

Anyway, I went into class with these candies and as was to be expected, all the candy incentivised classes went very smoothly. However, what was interesting was that nearly…

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