Last Friday afternoon, the first teaching day of the year, I was sitting around chatting with a few students about New Year Resolutions. I told them I’d decided to finally read War and Peace.
Student A: One Piece?
Me: No, War and Peace. By Tolstoy.
Student B: “Toy Story”?
Me: Tolstoy. Russian writer.
Me: You know him? He used to be famous here (True; Russian writers used to be very popular in Japan, especially among university students)
A: I know the name. Maybe we read something short by him in school.
B: He wrote One Piece? That’s Japanese.
Me: No, War and Peace.
B: Not “Toy Story”.
Me: No. Definitely not.
A: “Toy Story” was good.
Me: Yes, I enjoyed it.
B: Gambatte with your book.