Sunday, March 14, 2010

Japanese Day

Look, it's that famous Hokusai woodblock print (from the ukiyo-e master's "36 Views of Mt. Fuji" series). Each of the lower primary classes worked on a section -- Dylan's class's panel is in the top row, second from the right -- during Japanese Day, when students get to go to school in costume, eat Japanese food (like onigiri, sweet red bean cakes and carrots carved to look like cherry blossoms) and try origami and calligraphy.

On the morning of this special day (our third since we moved here) we arrived at school to find this guy playing the koto in the lobby.

Waiting with the carp to go upstairs (we're always early because Conor has to catch the bus to the other campus, where the upper primary school kids go)

Up in his classroom, Dylan gets into character. He had a few of those ninja stars, or shuriken, strapped to his belt (made of foam rubber), along with a small plastic dagger, which I wasn't so sure about until I saw how much more heavily armed some of the other boys were.

Parents were invited to the opening ceremony, which included a lion dance (think Chinese New Year) and these fine ladies dancing.

I managed to catch a glimpse of some of the other kids' costumes as the classes filed in and out of assembly:

I think sumo boy is my favorite.

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