Happy Birthday to the very best mother in all of existence!!!
I can't wait for you to come visit me so I can show you all around Japan.
Today the first years all piled on a few buses to drive to a public swimming pool in a nearby town. The school has a pool, but hasn't been used in a while and is full of leaves - apparently it's too expensive to keep it filled up. There is a swimming club, though, five cheerful boys - who knows how they spend their afternoon.
After summer vacation, there'll be a sports festival sometime in September. I'm looking forward to this, no little because today they were rehearsing Soran Bushi (ソーラン節). This is a traditional dance that just about every school does a version of - I first saw it in an inspirational television drama where it was the climactic moment where all the various kids came together with a Purpose - a little cheesy but sweet. I'm very excited to see my own little students do it.
There's hundreds of videos of Soran Bushi online - like I said, every school - but here's one: