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Friday, September 09, 2005

Sports festivals and grapes(not sour ones =P)

Folks it's been a while hasn't it? This past week(last sunday and tommorow) have been the middle school, elementary, and kindergarten sports competitions. We don't really have such things in America. What they do is split the school up in to four "dans"(Japanese for "band/group") Azuma is surrounded by 4 famous mountains so they teams are named Akagi, Shirane, Miyagi, and Haruna.

They then fight against each other to see who will be the school champion. Now this would never work in America for we all know how heated parents get at school games. A few teams had several disabled students in their group and they never complained once. In fact the other teams were very proud for them. That's Japan for you though. In 16 years of American education I never had any interaction with any special education students. In America they keep them separate from others and rightfully so, for they would be teased, picked on, and made fun of to no end. The situation is the exact opposite in Japan. I've never seen any of the other students even so much as patronize the special-ed kids. Almost everyone goes out of their way to help them.

Oh and just so you know these sports festivals are not to be confused with "field days". The middle school students spend most of their 40 day summer break and the 2 weeks after preparing for it, and same for the elementary kids. In the days leading to the main event they didn't even have class. Sports are a serious thing here. In fact when you give a customary self-intro to your co-workers/ students they find it strange if you don't mention your fav. sports.

I’ve decided I like all of my classes in all 3 schools. I mean you can't help but love going to the kindergarten and pre-school. and the elementary kids are a lot of fun, but they can't speak much English(well all but this 3rd grader who I swear is fluent). And the middle schoolers are pretty fun. oddly though the jhs3rd years(9th graders) love slipknot!!( yeah I know ??)

My 1st full week of class won't be until October and it's done on purpose. This way I'll have fully adjusted to living in Japan and teaching.

In other news I'll probably head to Tokyo for sight seeing with Brittney Guy(maybe)(from vandy) and Mie(the old hall coordinator).

Well tomorrow morning is the sports festival for the elementary students so I'll be heading to bed now.

oyasuminasai !!!!! >=O

edit. grapes here rock

dear bhanabhai, Jai maharaj,

i am not going to repeat what i hve written in my e-mail of 2day.

i am enjoying, thougharly yr postings. i am sure once this is over u will plan to print this in a book form. it will be a a best seller, i promise u. u will then be able to retire and leave in yr dream world by yr own efforts and not marrying a rich beauty.

god bless u
sumir so far all your journal entries i think one of today is award winning.Just imagine how much you can learn ,and like my big brother says this would be award winning best seller.Me and dad are very proud of you, wish you good luck and represent india too along with american culture.Love mom and dad
awww how sweet. I wish my parents would visit me via the interweb :-p

oh wait they don't even understand the concept of a blog -_-

Damn sumir your parents pwn
okay, i agree. your parents are adorable, and i can't wait to see your blog postings compiled into a best-seller. :) hahaha, and i had to laugh at the part about "not marrying a rich beauty".

so the kids compete against each other? in what sports? what do they win?! and you're right, we never come in contact with the special-ed kids. kinda sad really. so much for integration into normal society.

since you're in japan and all, do you watch anime? :o)
dear bhanabhai, do us a favour, while using japanese phrase, pls give english translation so we learn the lanuage at this end.

mama with love
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