"Parents, please list any dangers you know of in the neighbourhood."
"There are monkey gangs out already. One near Kato's house and another up behind the lucern paddock. They're getting less man-shy every year. The kids need to be careful and not approach"
"Monkey gangs?" (teacher rubs arms and furrows forehead.)
"And the wild boars are out. Our apple orchard has gouges all through the lawn. Happened a few times already. Mostly only come out in the evening so the kids should be ok if they go home when the 7:00 music is broadcast."
"Wild boars? A few times??" (teacher rubs arms harder and shakes head.)
"Big bear footprints at the field behind our old house. Usually a bear paw print will fit inside a man's palm. this one's palm is the size of my palm. And teh claw marks that usually you can drop a 100 yen coin in? These ones would swallow a 500 yen coin. Got to be careful of bears as they are out during the day as well as the early mornings and evenings. The kids should wear their bearbells when they're playing and not go under the monkey fences into the forest to look for beetles."
"BEARS? BIG BEARS?" (teacher grasps her upper arms and squeezes her eyes closed.)
"Oh and the intersection here infront of the community centre. Even though it's signposted that the West-East road has right of way, cars travelling North-South often don't stop or even slow down."
"Right. Dangerous intersection." (Teacher nods head and takes notes.)
I think it's pretty safe to say that the teacher assigned to our neighbourhood is a city gal.