Seven-year-old boy: I hate seaweed.
Father: Why do you hate seaweed? There are much worse things in the ocean.
Boy: Like plastic bags?
Father: I was actually thinking of sharks.
— Zushi Beach, Kanagawa Prefecture. Overheard by a Japan Times On Sunday reader
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