Now I suppose this might be a fake, but I’m posting it under the assumption that it’s real. It’s the last homework assignment of a dying Japanese teacher, who apparently passed away soon after he wrote this on the board:
And the translation (Japanese-speaking readers please verify):
Final homework assignment
No due date
Please be happy.
By the time you are ready to turn in this assignment, I will probably be in heaven.
Don’t rush your report. Feel free to take your time.
But someday, please turn to me and say “I did it. I’ve become happy.”
I’ll be waiting.
This is also posted on a Japanese site, which claims that the teacher died of stomach cancer. That was the same disease that afflicted the lead character (a Japanese bureaucrat) of the greatest
foreign non-U.S. film ever made, Ikiru. He, too, found a way to be happy.
It’s a tear-jerker for sure. But Professor Ceiling Cat concurs: please be happy. We’re on this planet but a short time, so enjoy the beautiful day (even if its raining), have some nice noms, read a good book, and pet your cat. (You don’t have a cat? Adopt one!) Oh, and watch Ikiru, which is free online here.