Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sports Day

Undokai is a kind of sports/field day in which the entire school participates. The school is divided into three teams: red, blue, & yellow. The Munsters were on Team Yellow this year. Each grade performs a dance and participates in a particular event. Everyone runs and a select few are chosen to run the relay for their color team. It is a day meant to enjoy sports and to participate. My friend said that when she was a child growing up in Tokyo that there were more exercises and formal drills with entering and exiting the field. She told her kids, "If the Blue team wins, you can have yaki onigiri (grilled rice balls) for dinner, but if you loose,  you get nato and gohan (fermented soy beans and rice)." The Blue Team came in second place so she let them have yaki onigiri!

It started at 9:00 am and finished about 3:30 pm but by then I had lost track of the time. The weather was free of humidity, the air was cool, and the Yellow Team won! Here are a few photo highlights from our perspective:

1st Graders Dance (the Moose is the only authorized sunglass wearer at school)
2nd Graders Event (the Mule)
2nd Graders Dance
Tug of War
Final Score- YELLOW WINS!
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