This particular elementary school visit was also when a group of students giving a presentation prepared a posterboard with the face cut out so that other students could pose as an American–that is, in an afro that had an American flag pattern. It was brilliant, and I’m quite sad that I don’t have a photo of it.

I’m pretty sure any Japanese elementary school student who has ever written a report about the United States knows far more about the Statue of Liberty than I do. I’ve had the pleasure of reading reports and being interviewed by a number of these students, and I get all sorts of questions from “What is the most popular dessert in America?” to “How large was your family’s farm? You didn’t have a farm? Well, how big would it have been?”

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