The city of Tokorozawa in the prefecture of Saitama is known for producing creative people such as master animator Hayao Miyazaki and quirky attention-getter from Kanto, Cornman. But a recent tweet in micro-blogging site Twitter, showed that such creative juices could also be found from the board of an elementary school in the city.
A former student at the East Tokorozawa Elementary School posted a picture of a fruit with a letter coming from her old school on her twitter account. The letter came from her former school as a refund for the school meal of the students. The educational institution was hit by an influenza outbreak in the months of January and February and classes from the first to the fifth grade has been suspended because of the epidemic, including the school meal program that goes with the classes. Because of the class suspension, money allotted for the school meal must be refunded to the parent but a spark of ingenuity made the school reimburse them with something else. A dekopon fruit, which accompanied the letter, was given, “to avoid the complexity of paperwork.”
The fruit is local to Japan and derives its name from the kanji character deko that means “convex” to describe its shape. Netizens were confused why the dekopon was sent as reimbursement rather than 91 yen, which was supposed to be used for milk and other basic food. Some people proposed the idea that the fruit is a favorite of the Parent-Teacher Association while others guessed that dekopon is worth 91 yen ($0.90) when it was refunded. Other more health-related suggestions leaned to the idea that the school is hinting at good nutrition by sending a fruit high in vitamin C. Inspite of the confusion, many netizens were amused at the creative way the school handled the issue of refunding the budget.
[via Rocket News 24]