Ko-za Say-bo Yo-chi-e-n U-n-do-ka-i. Meaning Koza Seibo Catholic Preschool SPORTS DAY!!!!!!!! And it is HUGE. It’s almost like a mini Olympics with races, performances and dances. Undokai is a part of every school in Japan, and has been since the Olympics were in Tokyo.
Things got started pretty early for a Sabbath day and started off with a sort of opening ceremony. The coolest part is they have the kids do some of the speaking on a microphone in front of everyone.
And then there’s the dancing, it took Jake a moment to warm up to the idea of participating in the singing and dancing but he sure didn’t take as long as he normally does to warm.
This is C, one of Jake’s classmates, we met her mom and dad at another event the school had.
So after all of that dancing and opening announcement stuff, it was finally time for some of the sports stuff. Jake got to run a race. They had the kids who were next to run get into these rings on the ground, a sort of on deck runner circle.
On your mark…get set….
1/2 way ’round the track and he is in first place. He’s wearin’ the red hat.
This is where my son starts looking around to see where everyone else is and just enjoy everyone clapping for him. Normally this is ok if you are this far ahead, however, Jake has a tendency to stop doing what he’s doing, in this case running, or winning. You gotta love that at this age winning and losing doesn’t matter to them, only to us older folks. Ahhhhh, the innocence.
Oh….and the win!!!!!!
We got to take a break and have some lunch. Taba-san made it in time to see some of the running and dancing, she even brought some fruit for the boys. She’s totally cool and has really become a part of our family, she speaks to Jake in Japanese and he blushes.
After lunch there was a dance for the mamas/daddys and the kids.
They even put on a show with the A-sans (5 & 6 year olds) as Eisa dancers playing with drums and dancing and all just like the ones down in Naha.
We all got to have some shaved ice, during the Eisa performance.
It was a good day. There was a relay race at the end that involved the parents. We won(the red team), one guy came trucking around the turn and wiped out just like several of the kids did on their race. That must have made them feel a bit better. The weather was coolish, it sprinkled a bit around lunch time. It was a very well prepared day, lots of practicing and planning must’ve gone into it. Trying to communicate between Japanese who speak a bit of English and Americans who speak a bit of Japanese was a fun challenge. They give the kids Monday off as a holiday from the sports day.
Of course everyone was a winner.
Jake struck this pose without any prompting from me, but it sums up the success of the day.