Japan doesn’t Noah the Bible.

Yesterday, my genki little four-year-old English student took great pride in showing me his newest toy. It was a large wooden boat that contained a plethora of animal species, two of every kind, one male and one female. Sound familiar?

I asked my tiny pupil and his parents if they knew the story behind the boat and its menagerie, but as far as they were concerned, it was just a strange floating zoo. So my English lesson morphed into Sunday school, which may have caused a stir in the US education system, but is considered cultural exchange in Japan.

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There was an interesting addition to the animal collection, a specimen not typically associated with Noah and his arc: a pair of dragons.

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