Teacher: We are having a drill today. The kind where the foreigner comes in the building to harm the students.
Staci: Foreigner?? Like a gaijin. Like me?
Teacher: NO! I am sorry.. Eh to (Japanese equivalent of um)..**sucking of air through teeth** Strange man drill! Strange man comes into the school to hurt the children.
Staci: O.. Ok. What do you want me to do?
Teacher: Stay here and answer phones.
Staci: **Uh…. Say what?**
(Teachers leave for 10 minutes and then return with the grounds keeper. He will answer the phones because, well, I can’t. Let’s face it this man is way more useful than me, he trims trees and speaks Japanese.)
**Teachers bring in large pole with a U on the end (Also known as a sasumata) and begin poking each other with it**
This is not my picture. Also, I don't know these people. Google is a wonderful thing. I promise to take a picture of the thing and load it (someday). Maybe they will let me practice disarming people with it.. Probably not.
Staci: I’m sorry, what is that?
Teacher: This is for the strange man.
Staci: **Blank stare**
Teacher: It is to make him stop and go on the ground.
Staci: **looks from one twig person to the other twig person.**
Teacher: You hit his knees (with the U) and he will fall.
Staci: O. Where do you keep that?
Teacher: In the storage room
The storage room is in another building.
The drill begins. The “stranger” (yes, they use one of the male teachers) is put on the ground and the students LITERALLY run out to the playground.
O Japan. I love you.