There were 26 Snow Whites in the school play — and no dwarves or wicked witches. That’s because the parents at the school insisted that only their precious darlings were good enough to play Snow White.
The moms and dads achieved this feat — which resulted in 26 Snow Whites — by harassing and pressuring the school until it relented. This is part of a new social phenomenon in Japan called “Monster Parents.”
This new crop of monster parents terrorize schools by committing such acts as ganging up to get certain “problem” teachers fired, planting sound recording devices in the classrooms to get “evidence,” and insisting that the structure of the school’s sports events be changed to make things more “equal.”
In extreme cases, the parents resort to “teacher hunting” — actually approaching the teacher in question as an angry mob and harassing until him or her offers to resign on the spot
These aggressive parents are a far cry from what was considered their place in an earlier time in Japan, a time where “decorum” ruled and schools respected. The reason for the change? It’s been theorized that social breakdowns as the result of the economic downturns of the 1990s might be a factor.
Now Japanese teachers and school officials live in fear of the Monster Parents.
Tadanori Yokoo is one of Japan’s most prolific graphic designers and has been described as “the Japanese Andy Warhol.” More posters at the link, or visit his official site.
A 57-year-old man in Japan got the shock of his life when he discovered a 58-year-old woman was living in his closet on-and-off for about a year. He initially became suspicious when the food started disappearing from his refrigerator, and a security camera confirmed his fears.
The woman had smuggled a mattress and several plastic bottles in her temporary residence, and, when confronted by police, said she had no place to live.
Then the man and woman realized that fate had thrown them together, and decided to get married, which I’m totally making up because it would have been really cool. I mean, can’t you see the American remake of this story with Adam Sandler and Sarah Jessica Parker?
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Bulgarian Kaloyan Mahlyanov, better known in Japan as “Kotooshu,” is the very first European to win sumo wrestling’s coveted Emperor’s Cup. As the “David Beckham of sumo,” the 346-pound Kotooshu is head-butting his way into demolishing stereotypes regarding the ancient Japanese sport.
(via Inventor Spot)
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