Excursion and banana

There’s a curriculum or a custom which almost all Japanese school have. Students go on a short trip once or twice a year. This is called ‘ensoku’ and the Kanji means ‘distant foot’. This can be translated to “excursion” or “picnic” but I don’t know if there’s such a thing in foreign schools.

There’s nothing much to do on ‘ensoku’ but some students will be excited and can’t sleep well the previous night.

On the other hand, we also have a custom called ‘oyatsu’ that can be translated to “afternoon tea and snack”. The ‘oyatsu’ time is about 3:00 pm.

Students can bring their favorite ‘oyatsu’ other than their lunch on ‘ensoku’. In this case ‘oyatsu’ are mainly confectionery and limited within 200 or 300 yen. I remember a famous question about this ‘oyatsu’ on ‘ensoku’. 

Is a banana included in ‘oyatsu’ ?

This question was invented many years ago by students who wanted to bring some more ‘oyatsu’. My daughter went on ‘ensoku’ yesterday, but didn’t bring a banana. 🙂


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