There’s no daylight savings time in Japan, so now the sun rises at 6:30am and sets at 4:30pm. Because it gets dark so early, I can’t take as many photographs during the weekdays! And I’m tired on the weekends, so as the cold season goes on I won’t make as many posts. As such, I’ve decided that I’ll make a post every Sunday with pictures I’ve taken during the day throughout the week!
Here’s this week:
In 3rd grade the kids are learning colours and shapes through other countries’ flags. Last Friday they had to come up to the teacher and me and ask for different shapes to make their own flag. Before this activity, I’d been asked to give a small presentation on the meanings behind the flags – the red circle on the Japanese flag is the sun, the 50 stars on the US flag stands for the 50 states, etc. It was a difficult presentation, because A.) it was extremely difficult to translate, let alone explain to 10-year-olds, and B.) there were about 13 country flags, and the kids started getting restless after the first two.
But my wonderful teacher in 3-2 came to me after classes to show me the flag one of his students had made. While other kids just pasted their shapes on the page, this girl really thought it out and designed it with intent. In the bottom box, りゆう, the kids had to write their reasoning behind their flag choices. She wrote: “Ocean, grass, light, fire. Let us combine these and make a perfect world.” Her flag made my day!
On Saturday we had an open school day so the parents could come and watch classes. Since it was Saturday there was no kyuushoku (school lunch), so the teachers had to order bentos. For the equivalent of about $11, I got (from top left, going clockwise): shrimp, pork, and egg-shrimp katsu; a meatball; shredded cabbage; potato salad; taro root (?) and burdock; seaweed and tofu; tofu; mushrooms and two little green beans; tsukemono (pickled veggies – cucumber and daikon here); a slice of pineapple and orange; and rice with umeboshi (sour plum) and pickled daikon that for some reason were two different shades of pink. Besides the rubbery seaweed, it was all delicious! I almost couldn’t finish it all, it was so much. Definitely worth $11 though!
And fall! I keep finding beautiful foliage tucked away in the neighbourhoods. I love this season.
And that’s all for now! Until next time! またね！