1) There is a Rue-san in my class. She even looks like Rue. I keep having to exert myself not to call her “Rue-chan.” She is six or seven years older than I am, so it would possibly not be appropriate.
2) Sometimes grouchy, disdainful cats wander around in public places in Japan. People crowd around them to pet them and take pictures, ignoring the huge flock of crows sitting on Nagoya castle in the background, or the Daiso employees trying to get across the aisle with a cartful of ceramic bowls. The cats merely walk on, slowly, tolerantly, reminding themselves that these creatures, too, have their place in the world.