Lawyers tend to be well-paid, and I'd argue we're also slightly odd because we devote an abnormal proportion of our finite lives to reading — even writing — boring text that no sane person would bother with. Ever read a mutual fund prospectus? Well of course not — what sort of lunatic does that?

As someone who has written mutual fund prospectuses, I hope you can appreciate the sacrifices that have gone into this month's column as it involved hours spent poring over something even more soul-destroying: Ministry of Education elementary and middle school textbooks on dōtoku or "public morals." Here is what I learned:

Four seasons and a flag