こんばんは！ We’ve had a really fun week!
First, both of my schools had assemblies. At 8sho on Tuesday several third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders did the Yagibushi, a Japanese dance. I’ve seen it several times performed by students at sports festivals, but when I looked it up on YouTube, there were many different versions (and none exactly similar what my kids perform), so there must be a lot of regional variations!
First, on stage, the musicians! Various percussions and flutes. The two kids in the centre were also singers (the teachers made a good choice, haha – those two can be very loud! But they’re some of my favourite students, they always try their best to speak to me in English and are always trying their best in class!)
They danced one set each with flowers, parasols, and cloth wraps. It was a great performance!
On Friday 1sho’s fourth graders gave a performance! First the whole school sang a song.
The fourth graders sang and played their recorders, melodicas, and xylophones, and at the end they performed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
This week I got lucky and had two curry lunches in a row! (Thursday and Friday I go to different schools, and the schedules overlap, I guess.) I also took a closer look at the menus and realised that the nutritionists who make the meals plan around food colours! There is always something red, yellow, and green on the menu (I coloured it in).
Saw some Crunky ice cream bars at the grocery store…
Mom sent me a care package (thanks Mom!), and also a little surprise (thanks Mom…)…
Paul and I stopped by City Hall to finish up some paperwork, and we saw displays from the Flower Club set out. They smelled lovely!
City Hall has also put its Hinamatsuri dolls out on display. I’ll be writing a post about that soon – Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day, is a Japanese holiday celebrated every year on March 3rd.
Paul drew a beautiful little sketch of the two of us:
And this weekend we went to Tokyo! We splurged and got a room with a view of Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji!
I’ll be writing about that trip soon! Until then, またね！