A foreign object residing in Japan for centuries will never genuinely be accepted into society.
“これはテーブルです,” says local resident Haruko Fujimoto.
Tables have often been a great resource for heavy lifting but remain classified as katakana objects.
“I wonder when it will leave.”
Chairs, however, have earned full recognition in Japanese society and been handsomely rewarded with hiragana status.
“We love chairs so much we’ve given them their own kanji: 椅子.”
The full integration of chairs into Japanese society has inspired the belief that chairs originated from Japan.