Japanese Children Draw on Textbooks to Create Hilarious and Disturbing Scenes


The Japanese educational system has often been accused of destroying the creativity in children through forced “group mentality” exercises and an avoidance of allowing individuality.

On the other hand, you see things like this.

Some textbooks just aren’t meant for studying, it appears. They’re meant to be drawn on. And it says something about people who can look at a simple textbook illustration and think of hundreds of ways to make the picture more “unique.”

Like this one:

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Or this one:

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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Other ones, like this, are not quite as “original.” This swan-head underwear is sold in silly costumes stores and is occasionally worn by comedians. If you want to buy your own pair, you can find it for between 1000yen and 2000yen at the Japanese shop ドンキホーテ (Don Quixote).

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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A common theme in these textbook sketches is taking a famous person and making them “funnier,” by adding a silly pose or awkward accessories.

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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Or, with a little bit of white-out, you can just draw over their face completely.

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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In fact, white-out seems to be a very popular tool for these drawings. It’s amazing what a little bit of imagination, white-out, and colors can do to a photo.

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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Another traumatic and disturbing instance of white-out and creativity is this slightly morbid drawing. You really  have to wonder who comes up with these kinds of things.

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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And someone must have looked at this one and decided that it would make more sense to converse with a talking head.

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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When in doubt, you can always Anime-up a regular textbook sketch. All you need is a couple vivid colors.

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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There are also the “classics” like drawing an alchemy circle (or some other black magic accessory).

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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Or drawing someone without pants.

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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You don’t need to completely change the textbook, either. Sometimes the most creative textbook drawings are the ones that just add a couple extra strokes to the illustration.

funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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funny drawings on Japanese textbook

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Just remember, everyone sees the world differently. While some might see a boring, old texbook with simple illustrations, others view it as a chance to make some really weird art. In any case, it sure beats falling asleep on your book as you struggle to pay attention to the teacher.

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Grace

Grace Buchele Mineta is a quirky Texan freelancer, living in Tokyo with her Japanese salaryman husband. She runs the blog “Texan in Tokyo”, where she draws comics about her daily life as a newlywed navigating silly cultural misunderstandings as an interracial couple.

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