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Learning to read and write with poop, an editorial success in Japan

The poop is the protagonist of one of the publishing successes of the moment in Japan: an eschatological collection of books that pretends to make the learning of the 1,000 signs more bearable - known as kanji - that the Japanese must learn during the first six years of primary education.

Tokyo, July 6 (EFE) .- The poop is the protagonist of one of the publishing successes of the moment in Japan: an eschatological collection of books that pretends to make the learning of The 1,000 signs - known as kanji - that the Japanese must learn during the first six years of primary education.

To help with this arduous task, the six volumes of "Unko Kanji drills "- which can be translated roughly as" poop kanji exercises "- include this magic word in each of its 3,018 example sentences, something that increases the interest of The children, according to their authors.

With a poop for head, glasses and mustache, the peculiar "Unko-sensei" - the "caca teacher" - is in charge of accompanying the students in this adventure, and Presents prayers that rub the ridiculous. Books.

"The study is hard, even suffering for some children, so I wanted the young people to learn while they enjoy," explains the creator of the series, Shiju Yamamoto, a former 40-year-old Lehman Brothers, founded the Bunkyosha publishing house seven years ago with the aim of teaching "through humor and Entertainment. "

" It was good to work in the investment sector, but wanted to create something that would last, "he says.

After a conversation with his friend - Of books - Yusaku Furuya, who had been working for some time on poems dealing with fecal matter, decided to reorient the format and present a book that facilitated learning Of the complicated Japanese characters.

More than two years of work later, "Unko kanji drills" has hit the list of bestselling books, with more than 2.7 million copies in Just three months.

"I wanted it to be one of the most popular books in the field of educational books," explains Yamamoto, who acknowledges that " Exercises have not only succeeded in conquering the smallest, but also their parents, concerned that their children did not study kanji, one of the three During primary education, children should learn 1,006 of these sinograms -characters originating in Chinese writing-, after which they must memorize another 1,100 - those of greater use - before the age of 15. Read in the press that the children say they have gotten good marks because they remembered the examples of the book ", concludes its creator.

The author plans to publish this fall an exercise book Which complements the original volumes, a copy that young Japanese will surely receive with great enthusiasm.

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