I have to say, I re-read it, like, 10 000 times to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. I wasn’t. It’s 1888, and children in Japan are learning to read:
(Translation: There is a bird on that tree. This bird is a crow (…). Crows are mischievous birds. Let’s throw a stone at the crow!)
It comes as no surprise two world wars happened shortly afterwards.
(Also, the urge to look for European alphabet books has not yet passed. If I’m lucky, I might yet have something hilarious tomorrow)