Tuesday, June 28, 2011
A visit to a Japanese grade school
While I was at home in Japan, the grade school that my nieces go to was having an Open House. This also happened to be the school where I attended as a child. Any family member was welcome to visit, so I went. I felt nostalgic to visit, especially since much of it seemed just the same even after all these years. I was also glad to see how my nieces are doing at school. My littlest niece was learning hiragana in her classroom during my visit.
The older one was in a swimming lesson.
They were both so enthusiastic, happy to show off how they are doing at school. After visiting them, I enjoyed looking at the children's artwork displayed all over the school.
The last photo is of the school entrance. In a Japanese school, there are usually shoe cupboards at the entrance because they change into indoor shoes from outdoor shoes when they enter the school building. Isn't it a nice custom, to keep the building nice and clean?
It's a public school in a small town in Japan, which can't be more different from the school that I've been working at (a private Montessori in an urban setting in the United States). I feel strange that I ended up there from the environment that I grew up in.