上西小学校のともだち集会 – Kaminishi Elementary Friendship Gathering

I know I tend to write a lot about my smallest elementary school, Kaminishi, but I can’t help that they have so many special events.  Also, by chance, they tend to take place on Wednesdays which is the day of the week I go to that school.  Anyway, this event was a series of skits about friendship and how the students should conduct themselves to be better friends with everyone.  It was the sort of thing I would expect from this school, and was really nice to watch.  A few members of the community had gathered to soak it all in too.  I feel like I see the same faces quite often, but they are all very nice, old Japanese people.  If I could have my kids go to any school, I would want it to be like this one.  I’m not sure how much these videos will mean to the average reader, as they are in Japanese but I still want to preserve them.

This was the 1st and 2nd graders effort.  Saki and Hiroki are showing uplifting comments that various people around the school often say.  I was surprised at how often I had actually heard these said in my time at the school.

The 3rd and 4th graders did something that I didn’t really understand.  So rather than show that bit, here is their three piece music ensemble.  Fumiaki, Ayaka and Natsuki played their hearts you, but you can only do so much…

Lastly, here was the 5th and 6th graders performing a skit with the help of some staff.  This was about how people should all work together, regardless of status.  The vice principal (the male) is pretending to be a senpai, which means he is a senior member of a sports team.  In Japanese clubs and such, there is a very rigid divide between the different years.  They get along well, but the younger members (kouhai) must speak to older members in the polite form.  Sorta like pledging, but this is all the time.

 

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