It’s Raining Schoolkids!
Yessiree, right now, every train station and airport is thronged with flocks of schoolkids, going on class trips to distant educational hot spots! Peak season for these multi-day Educational Experiences (or My Week In Hell, if you’re one of the two teachers herding thirty 15-year-olds 24/7) is late spring, so everywhere you go, you see vast crowds of 6th graders, 9th graders and 12th graders.
The kids tour together, eat together, sleep together and most hair-raisingly, ride public transportation together for three days and two nights. And if the teachers were very, very bad in a former life, rainy season will blow in early, and a wicked storm will shut down all train service for a few days, stranding them and their restive charges beside the bullet train tracks for DAYS. (This is a favorite staple of Japanese TV storm coverage. Feel the horror.)
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