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Seniority

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“No, this isn’t hazing. I’m telling you, this is because I’m your senpai. Kouhai runs, senpai on bicycle”



Side Story:

Senpai is the Japanese term for senior. Kouhai is junior. Senpai-kouhai relationship in Japan is very strong. Once you are a senpai/kouhai, you are bounded to that status forever.

The status is not based on age. It is based on when you entered the institution, e.g. school or a workplace.

The senior will gain respect. The junior will gain guidance.

And, of course, every kouhai will get another kouhai… but seldom senpai gets another senpai :D



*Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan


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4 responses

  1. He looks quite amused to be photographed there :D

    April 30, 2012 at 21:05

    • Haha… I wonder why. Perhaps because his senpai ask him to…
      :D

      April 30, 2012 at 21:22

  2. There’s an extra saddle on the back! That bicycle guy is so mean…

    May 1, 2012 at 00:46

    • Hahaha… well, am not trying to defend the senpai, but in Japan, bicycle is only for one person… except for children (maximum of two, three with the rider), and they have to be on special seat.

      May 1, 2012 at 12:43

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