put together a runway for a toy plane this morning. the runway is laid out on the map of the world. and this little JAL plane rattles in crazy circles all around the world. all the tags are written in japanese, and little figures are painted all across this world.
i thought it was the japanase tags that i did not understand. and soon enough realised, it was the world map that was not recognisable. where was india? africa? everything? a more concentrated peering and i realised, simple- japan was the centre of the world. then africa goes to the left corner, were one expects to see south america. and soon enough all the continents fell into place.
i wonder if japanese children study this map in school- not the standardised one we studied- or is it different in every country?
look at this southasia map that puts things into perspective.