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Age Difference Between Sensei and Ojisan

I've been working on my second YKK fan fiction as of late and I need some input from you guys on the ages of the main people in this first part of the series. Now I know in Japan Senpai doesn't necessarily refer to someone who's older than you are. It's a word that refers to someone in a higher position than you be it in school or work. In the past in the YKK manga it was shown in flashbacks that Sensei and Ojisan went to school together or at least knew each other back then. Ojisan, or Putaro if you go by the one manga page, refers to the young Sensei as Senpai when he brought her the paint for her bike. What I'm trying to find out is who's older Sensei or Ojisan. Is there really an age difference between them or are they born in the same year? As far as I know that Senpai comment could mean Sensei is at least a year older or she held a higher position in school such as class representative. Does anyone really know how old they even are like say in their Sixties or Seventies? Any insights would be quite helpful in establishing their relationship in school.

- Christine K.
Friday, August 5, 2005


No ages have ever been given for the two, but my guess is that Sensei is a year or two older. I think they were classmates in high school, but Ojisan did not go to college, while Sensei did.

Putaro means "bum", so Ojisan is not giving his name, he's saying "I'm a bum".

Sempai is used to address upperclassmates or senior members of your peer group. In the case of a same age student holding a 'higher' position (like student president) they would address them using their title instead.



- dDave
Friday, August 5, 2005

It's a bit of a stretch, but if they were in the same school year, but Sensei had been in the biking group/club for a year before Ojisan joined, she'd be his sempai in that context. It's much more likely, though, that she's a year or two ahead of him.

Oh, and hi, all, long-time reader, first-time poster. Hope this helps a bit.

- Speaker59
Saturday, August 6, 2005

I forgot they both had bikes together. I don't know if that will affect my story any. I don't know if they were in any sort of club together but thanks for the input guys. I'll at least have to change the mention of what class I have Ojisan in when they were in high school. I kind of have him as a member of a woodshop class because I have things revolving around a school festival. Again thanks for the input.

- Christine K.
Saturday, August 6, 2005

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