保育所発表会 – Kindergarten Concert

The other day I was asked to go into the kindergarten and participate in their presentation.  This was just basically all the kids from age 1 to 5 doing different songs, and skits.  It was entirely terrible.  The musical performances were just bad.  I can’t say that I would I expect any better from the age group, but at least in America they draw the line at elementary school for when they stay obliging parents to go through it.  I had a role in a couple of the songs sung in English.  We had been practicing for a couple of weeks, trying to get the kids up to par.  The event itself was alright, though waking up earlyish on a Saturday and also being there for over 3 hours detracted from the experience a bit.

This is a clip of the students bestowing upon us the gift of music….

I’d also like to draw your attention to the instruments the kids are playing, called a Pianica – a logical combination of the piano and the harmonica.  Rather annoying.

Here are the videos depicting the last of my dignity hitting the toilet.  Somehow it makes me a hero though.  This was with the older kids.  They were alright, and could actually sing in English.

After my gigs, I had to burn through another half hour of time before I was on for the last song.  I went and played soccer outside with some kids for about 45 minutes.  This was fun, since anything I do is cool.  These were all older kids who had to come to see their younger siblings in the play, and since I have all the kids in my school, I knew them a bit.  We just messed around and then it was time to get back in.

The last thing I had to do was a sort of costume guessing game.  The curtains were open  just a little bit, and we would run in front of them.  The kids would then try to guess what we were.  (I was a king).  After this, we had to do some song and dance that depicted different bugs with motions.  Not sure if you can tell, but the first time I had ever done this was on stage, so I was picking it all up on the fly.

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