Around this time of year all of the schools have, what translates to, “Culture Days” or “Open Houses”. We both went to see our students in them and hopefully these pictures can give you a good snapshot of school life here in Japan!
Like last year, our town had a road race in October. Chris said he wasn’t going to run in it this year, but the day before the applications were due he changed his mind (good thing they don’t have a limit like the Marathon). I love when he runs, because I love to cheer at races! This year Chris ran the 10K along with another guy from our team and there were also five of our other teammates that ran other races. The weather was great, so it was a fun day to cheer everyone on!
And I can’t wait for next October…we’ll be back in Chicago…so Chicago Marathon 2011 here we come!
Our month of October was filled with three weeks of English Camp for all of the sixth graders in our town. It was three weeks of English fun teaching the students shopping in English, skits and about Halloween. It’s a lot of work – but it’s really fun to get to know the students and teachers so much better! We have a lot of pictures from English Camps, so I’ll just leave you with a few glimpses.
Every school in Japan has a “Sports Day” (Undokai) once a year. The kids wear their athletic outfits and run races. At the Kindergarten it should be called “Extreme Sports Day” – the three, four and five year olds run races, do dances, and do gymnastics routines. It’s quite impressive! The kids are so cute so we have a lot of pictures…I kind of had a hard time picking some to share so here’s a few…
There were a couple of weekends we had to head to Tokyo so I could visit a doctor who spoke English and practiced Western medicine. Everything’s fine, but because we had other things going on that we couldn’t miss, we’d do a day-trip to Tokyo. I’d go to the doctor in the morning and then we’d eat good food and see a little of the city before heading back in the evening. Even though they were fast trips, we still made use of our time and did a lot!
Like last year, some of our teammates sang in our town’s Folk Pop Concert. They really seemed to have a lot of fun and the Japanese people always enjoy the English songs (I especially love the worship songs)! I didn’t join in but went to watch and they did a great job!
Well, we had a great week with Rob! We were so thankful he got to come visit us – it was really such a blessing to be able to have him here! We kept pretty busy but enjoyed every minute of it, and we were so sad it went by so fast!
Tomorrow my parents and Wesley come to visit! We’ll do more traveling the first week they are here and then be around our house the second week. We feel so blessed to have so many visitors for this summer break!
Here are few more pictures from Rob’s visit.
THANKS FOR COMING ROB! WE MISS YOU ALREADY!