近海る (Kin Kairu)

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Archive for the month “September, 2014”

Why the Sports Day is the Best and Worst Introduction to the Japanese School System

It’s pretty staggering to think how different my two years of Sports Day experiences have been. Although I didn’t even talk about it last year, I can definitely say something had changed, and I viewed the festival with a much different lens this year than I did the first time.

The Sports Day is, in short, a school-wide competition: Relay Races, Tug of War, a complicated game of chicken that involves hats and many other events are held for the kids to duke it out. Sometimes it’s different years competing, other times it’s different classes within a grade competing against each other. Luckily, even the teachers are able to join in sometimes! But in the end it’s all for the love of athletics, competition and team building.

Well, kind of.

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C-C-C-C-Changes

While I know I’ve already written about having an anniversary of sorts, it really didn’t hit me until the first day back from summer break just how long I have actually been here.

The same assembly I attended a year ago, with my nerves at their peak, was now just another ritual; Another thing I was required to go to, hear the kids sing and watch them awkwardly “receive” awards they had won during the summer. It was watching this, and imagining where I was standing just last year, that made me realize “oh, right, it has been that long.”

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