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This is a book of poems.   Ichinensei means “First Grade.”

Poetry seems to cause me trouble.  So much reliance on wordplay and whatnot.

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First poem in the book.  I’ll translate it, but first for you non-Japanese speaking people, you must know that あ is the first character in hiragana.   Very similar to A as the first letter in the alphabet.

あ makes the sound “ah” and if you see it written down in romaji it is “a”.

So here is the poem:

The teacher wrote あ on the chalkboard.

Ah, it looks surprised.

The teacher pointed to あ on the chalkboard.

Ah, laughing with a big mouth

The teacher erased あ on the chalkboard.

Ah, boring.

Ah, I love it.

Ah, let’s meet again.