わたし の しょうがっこう YOUKOSO, WILLKOMMEN, BIENVENIDOS, DOBRO POSHALOVAT', KARIBU!!! (to "my" Japanese elementary schools) カタリ-ナ

Saturday, May 07, 2005

New schoolyear


I'm back at the same schools again and April was the month of welcoming the ichinensei (new firstgraders). Most schools took them out on a picknick or on a hike and the rokunensei (sixthgraders, called their older brothers and sisters) took special care of the small ones, carried them around, played with them and also the other grades sang and danced for them.
In a month they have learned to speak as one (which is so typical for Japanese school ceremonies) but they still sound like Mickey Mouse. Proudly they wear their brandnew yellow hats that were given to them during the formal celebration of their very first day (which for me was an opportunity to learn the Japanese National Anthem). At one of my schools the picknick was held indoors (in the gym) due to rainy weather. Instead of hiking we played games like "Janken-train" and had a Hoola Hoop competition.