My good friend had just begun his stint as a JET. He had been in Japan for only two weeks when he was introduced to all the teachers at the school in which he was to begin teaching. In front of the teachers he was asked by the principal one of the standard questions gaijin are asked - "Can you eat Japanese food?"

"Oh yes, it is oishii!" he replied.

"And what is your favourite Japanese food?" the principal asked.

A small amount of mental turmoil set in. What was the name for that sweet red bean paste that he had been eating for the last two weeks? Something sounding like manju or anko? Unable to quite remember, his brain made the terrible decision to combine those two innocent foodstuffs.

"Manko," he said.