Sunday, October 9

日本ばれ-Nihonbare ((Fine Japan))

Japan is indeed fine these days. The weather is picture perfect and everyone (who I see at least) is smiling.


Jason attended his high school's sports day (undoukai-運動会) last week and really enjoyed seeing the students outside of the classroom. Of course, it was followed by a week of exams for the students but they seem fine with the trade-off.

Nico is getting ready for his first 運動会 next Saturday. This is his class practicing at the park, though Jason reports that Nico seemed to be practicing his own original dance rather than the one his classmates were doing. That is not due to a language barrier but just pure silliness. Nico is famous (or infamous) at his kindy for having, um, creative independence. He gets along great but he is definitely hearing a different drummer.


This is the season when the housework gets neglected for the more pressing matter of perfect temperatures and pristine skies. I am absolutely boring with my constant praise of the sky but if you could just see it, how the few clouds lay just right against a blue hue that is both light and deep, you would involuntarily tilt you head back to drink in the loveliness above you.

Or you could just dote on this lovely, who never ceases to make me swoon

Hope your days are fine (hare: ha-ray) wherever you may be.

Sunday, October 2

Why, hello there.


We have been swept away in the rapids of school life. It feels like we never, never stop thinking about school. Since the only day we have off all together is Sunday, it is spent preparing for the week ahead. Japanese school kids (and I include my own kids in that group) bring their gym clothes, lunch clothes, room shoes, and other supplies home on Fridays to be washed. So Sunday means that mama does the washing, drying, ironing, packing, homework checking, and nagging. By the time the kids go to bed, their backpacks and side bags are full of fresh clothes and sharpened pencils for the week ahead. And then the next morning the rush begins again. Sebastian, then Jason, then Nico go to school. Then Colette and I clean the house and work on other projects (to be discussed later). And before I know it everyone is home again and it is time for snacks and dinner. There is never a day of rest here and I guess with three kids, what can I expect? There are moments for grasshopper hunting (our pet preying mantises have to eat something) and silly play. Even though it isn't a nap in a hammock that I fantasize about, those moments of playing all together keep us going through another week.