The other day a very fluent, high-level gentlemen at my Smith’s School in Fukushima produced an amazing example for the Smith’s Curriculum 1-point depicted in the title. We were talking about baseball and its effect on the general population in Japan versus in America.
One curiosity is that, while in America fans normally cheer the team nearest to their home, in Japan the majority of the population, including those even mildly interested in baseball completely idolize just two teams: the Hanshin Tigers, which have their homeplate just 400m from where I live right here in Koshien, and the Yomiuri Giants which are just not quite as good these past couple of years, but certainly no less popular because of it.
My student’s 1-point which he had carefully prepared for his homework was: I don’t know why the Hanshin Tigers are so popular, but I guess it’s because their owners have done a remarkable marketing job over the years.
Well, efforts like this just keep me coming back to work every day and making the whole process of teaching English in Japan a complete joy! It really isn’t work at all!