Ume (plum) hooch is quite popular here. People make their own at home or you can buy it bottles at the store. Not to be left out, the kiddos get to make ume juice. The process is the same except you don’t add alcohol and you don’t have to wait a year to drink it.
The teachers poked holes in the plums and then layered then with sugar. Now they’ll sit and become sweet juice.
This will be my last English board at this school. I’m not sure which school I’m going to next, but I’m almost positive it’s going to be a high school.
Since June is rainy season in Japan, we went with a rainy theme. The K4 kids decorated rain coats.
When I returned from lunch today, there were two buckets sitting outside the front door of the school. When I peeked in, I saw these guys:
The K5 kids went on a crawfish hunt today and came back with two buckets full. Then a bunch of them got to take one home. I think the bus driver was a little nervous about a bunch of 5 year olds holding their small buckets with water and a crawfish. I’m pretty sure I heard him breathe a sigh of relief when the last kid with a crawfish got off the bus without spilling.
We do monthly birthday parties for the kiddos at work where all three English teachers make birthday cards for their kids. Last year, I made cards that looked like cupcakes. This year, I made candy and I think they came out really cute.
Today we took a field trip to pick horsetails. I’m not sure if these are found in America, but they are apparently a big deal here.
In this afternoon’s eikiawa class with K4, we worked in occupations and “I want to be…”
That’s one doctor, three pilots, one dentist, four dancers, two astronauts, one artist and two who refused to pick an occupation. Perhaps they are future Peter Pans?
I’ve watched Frosty the Snowman 5 times in recent days.
I hope the students enjoyed it!
I saw this guy outside of today’s school:
We had our second snow of the season today. Becky’s commute is quite long, and the snow was quite intense, so she didn’t go to work today. My commute is usually about 5-7minutes to my Wednesday school…it took me about 15-20minutes today! Craziness! Anyway, here are my snow photos for today:
Today was our big showcase and all went well. I took lots of pictures, most of which I can’t share (sorry!), but I really love this one and I can share it because it’s silhouette and their backs.
That’s two of the mirrors from the K5 version of Snow White. They did great and the mirror costumes worked beautifully.
Thankfully, it’s over for another year. The journey back to “normal” school days begins tomorrow (and won’t be complete until after the winter holidays).
Oh…and this was day 2 of my black and white challenge.