What animal are you? What animal is your country like?

I am adapting this article into an English language exercise for the children …

VIEWS FROM THE STREET (Japan Times, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012)

Tokyo: What animal do you think of when you think of Japan?

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Kevin McQueenie
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.

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Ikumi Hane
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.

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Asami Suzuki
Sales, 33 (Japanese)
Japan makes me think of a capybara. Curious expressions and quiet and peaceful. They also love onsen.

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Arthur Holloway
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.

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Sam Law
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.

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Miyuki Igarashi
Producer, 33 (Japanese)
Chihuahua. Sometimes smart but sometimes stupid. If people call they come along right away. They usually say “yes.”


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