Reuters reports that "Japan is planning to recruit dozens of foreigners to visit the country and give advice on how to make things more travel-friendly for non-Japanese speaking visitors." The October 19th article says the Japanese "government will pay travel allowances to about 100 native English, Chinese and Korean speakers to visit key cities and come up with ideas on how to make it easier for travelers to use public transport, stay at local hotels and eat at local restaurants..." So come, come everybody!
About the drawing: This drawing of "Joe" Tadaichi Hirakawa is modeled after a photo on the Kaubuki Academy Website. Hirakawa, a.k.a "Uncle Come Come," was a Japanese radio announcer (Time magazine called him the "Arthur Godfrey of Japan") whose post-WWII English language education show earned him the nickname, "Uncle Come Come," after the first line of the radio segment's popular theme song. He has been credited for helping spark the Japanese public's passion for learning English.
Click on the audiovideo player below to listen to Come Come Everybody sung in the style of my mother-in-law who as a young girl used to listen to the program faithfully.
Lyrics to Come Come Everybody:
Come, come, everybody.
How do you do, and how are you?
Won't you have some candy,
One and two and three, four, five?
Let's all sing a happy song,
Sing tra-la la la la.
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