上西小学校誕生日会 – Kaminishi Elementary Birthday Party 2012

Every month my smallest elementary school does a touching birthday ceremony where all the students and faculty gather in a circle to sing and dance a birthday song.  Hard to believe that this is already my third time, but as always it was fantastic.  There were five of us being recognized this time around, so cramming all those names into the song while maintaining the meter was a bit challenging, but we managed.  Since I never know exactly which day they do this, I never had my camera and couldn’t adequately capture the moment.  This time however, I got lucky and managed to record a video of the whole thing.

Since I’m only around for this once or twice a year, and haven’t memorized the words, I am stuck looking at the board.

The other highlight of this event are the massive birthday cards that they make for each person.  Little notes are written by each of the staff and students, which along with pictures from throughout the year are pasted inside.  The students then add that extra bit of polish by adorning it with little doodles and knickknacks.  For eleven months of the year, writing these little cards can be a bit annoying, and often just feels like another deadline but it is all justified during your own birthday month.

Here was an excerpt of mine, a true work of art.

The whole crew (my card is on the ground)

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