September

I’m not sure where to begin this one.  Why not with the 朝日中体育祭.  That was the first of 6 (or 7 if you want to get technical) sports day’s that I attended.  Just going to call them sports days because most are Undoukai but some are Taiikusai.  Seeing as the JH is my main school, I took most of my photos here.  The first event was the 70m dash.

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Hayato (track) beats out Kouzai (track) and takes first place among the 2nd year boys.

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Kai (BASEBALL??) beat out the track captain, Yuuto, and, while doing so, apparently broke the school record for the 70m.  Obviously he took first for 3rd year boys.

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Class 3-2 cleaned house for 綱引き(pictured is 3-3..)

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The first years relay.

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The second years relay.

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And the third years.  They get a lot bigger in 2 years time..

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The clubs had a 10 member, 5 group, 2.5 lap relay.  For the girls, of course basketball won.  I guess they win every year.  They’re the only good team at our school.  The track team had an error.. the two 3rd years, Yuuto and Kouhei (these names are totally unnecessary but I will because I can) messed up their start and the velcro that tied them together came undone.  They had to stop and took a good 10 seconds getting it secured again.  Teru and Hayato couldn’t stop the soccer team’s Ryoya and Akira from taking first..

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Third years threw balls into baskets on their homeroom teachers’ backs.  Three members ran around and threw missed balls back outside of the circle for more attempts.

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I guess it was exhausting.

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Class 3-1 took the jump rope competition handily (pictured is 3-2…)

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The last event was an entire class race.  The first years walked briskly but the second years ran and the third years almost dashed.

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Somehow all the 3rd year classes stepped it up and went faster than their practice runs, flawless for both runs.  Tanaka sensei was supposed to be keeping pace but it looks like he’s running for his life.  Class 3-3 beat out the other teams by a hair (pictured.. 3-3!).

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3-3 didn’t take the overall win but still all smiles.

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The last real undoukai I went to was 朝日小。 It was the 28th, but I’m still publishing this as the 20th, just in case I want to post something else that happened in September..  The ES is very crowded during undoukai…  The school has too many kids now.  Plus, the two buildings they erected for extra classrooms makes the field even smaller…

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The second graders did a dance to a Dragon Ball song!  Hence the outfit.

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Just in case you didn’t know, I teach 1st, 2nd, and 6th grade.

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I watched the 6th graders do a .. 50?  70 meter dash?

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The 4th graders danced the Soran Bushi.

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Takumi having a great time at undoukai.

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The last event was the 5th and 6th grade doing a lot of .. stuff.  Can’t remember the name in Japanese.  Here, Sena and a few other 6th graders dashed around the entire circle of students.

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And waves followed them.

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I was sitting with the students.. and the 6th graders were facing the special guest / teachers / judges tables on the other side so..  Damn.

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I went back to Minokamo to see the JHs.  I feel weird taking photos of schools I’m not (or have never) been affiliated with so.. Here’s your shot.

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BUT WAIT HERE’S YUU!

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The following week I went back to Minokamo to see Shimoyoneda.. Where most of my good photos were from last year.

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I was mostly hanging out with the kids because I hadn’t seen them in so long but I put on my game face when it came time for the cheer routine.

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あ*り*が*と*う I guess I didn’t care enough to get a better shot.

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Why do Japanese kids do everything cute?  Even standing.. Also, those socks made her the fastest.

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Red team took it again.

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Lastly, I bring you to a small school in the town of Ibuka. The year before I couldn’t attend because Sunday was rained out, and I had a different school to teach at on the rescheduled Monday.. But this isn’t about me.

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It’s about Yota.  The boy selected not only as the Red team leader but also the leader of the Soran Bushi.

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Yota, I know you wanted to win..  Don’t worry…

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Next

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time,

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team

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neff

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is

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with

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you!

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