Posted by: wesleysensei | April 23, 2009

Peanut Butter Alliance

First of all, is Peanut Butter a hyphened word? Peanut-Butter. Peanut Butter. Peanut-butter. Peanutbutter. This is a matter of importance because there is a newly formed alliance at my Junior High School: the Peanut Butter Alliance. We don’t plan to enter the international stage or delve into politics. In fact, I’m not sure what our agenda is.

This all started when I brought bagged lunches for two of my colleagues. Last Saturday was PTA Day–yes, there is a PTA in Osato but I’m not sure everyone really knows what the letters stand for–so I had to go to school. On specials days like PTA Day, kyushoku (school lunch) is not provided; teachers and students alike must provide their own lunches. I mentioned the idea of peanut butter and jelly to two of my teachers and they sounded interested. One of the teacher’s favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and honey. As a kind gesture–and act of internationalization–I offered to make them “an American packed lunch.” The teachers accepted.

The next day I woke up earlier than usual so I could make two bagged lunches. I packed a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich, SunChips, Oreos, and a banana. When I arrived to school I gave the two teachers their lunches and was given in return many thanks and a few giggles.

On Wednesday of this week, one of the teachers approached my desk with a package of food in her hand. She gave the food to me and said “my favorite.” The gift was a pack a peanut butter crackers from they daiso (dollar store). Here are some pictures:

A few minutes later, the teacher looked over and said: “We are Peanut Butter….(something Japanese).” I gave a confused look and she got out her handy electronic dictionary. She found the word she was searching for and said: “Peanut Butter Alliance”

So look out, the PBA is on the loose.



  1. I’ve always found it funny how our idea of a packed lunch stays remarkably the same from childhood onward!

  2. This is clearly because PB is the best, most satisfying treat ever..

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