I am adapting this article into an English language exercise for the children …
English teacher, 33 (Scottish)
A penguin. Anyone who’s watched a nature documentary and then been on a train during rush hour will understand this metaphor.
Fashion industry, 24 (Japanese)
Japan reminds me of a dragon. It’s a classic Asian symbol and since last March, Japan is using the power of the dragon to rebuild.
Sales, 33 (Japanese)
Japan makes me think of a capybara. Curious expressions and quiet and peaceful. They also love onsen.
English teacher, 31 (English)
An ostrich. Myths aside, there’s too many people who refuse to acknowledge the darker side of Japan. E.g. sex trafficking, AIDS etc.
Personal trainer, 30 (Canadian)
Japanese snow monkeys. They hang out in onsens and play in the snow. They are living the dream and look damn cool doing it.
Producer, 33 (Japanese)
Chihuahua. Sometimes smart but sometimes stupid. If people call they come along right away. They usually say “yes.”