During this time of the year, all the schools in Japan are spending time in the pools for P.E. class. I always make it a point to join in with my three elementary schools whenever possible. I don’t get to each of them in a calendar year, but I have at least swam at each school once or twice. Not the middle school though, since that would probably be really weird. The students are always excited for me to join in since I am better than the average man at swimming, and certainly faster then they are (except for kicking, I have always been notoriously bad at that).
On this occasion however, I was invited to join the youngest of my students for the first time. At this age, we weren’t going to be doing lap swimming, but instead just playing in the pool. I was particularly excited about this invite since it meant that rather than rotting away in a hot room I would be wading in some refreshing water having a whole lot more fun. The kids were all excited to show me what they could do, jump on me, and also mount a constant splash offensive against my eyes.
I had my waterproof camera, so I was able to capture some of the fun
After about 45 minutes of swimming I was pretty much ready for the abuse to stop, but was definitely satisfied at my ability to entertain them. I can be pretty awesome. All the boys and girls shed their wet suits outside and got dressed inside. They are obviously young, but I couldn’t imagine mixed genders getting naked together like this back home. Afterwards I chatted with some of the teachers over some iced coffee and snacks before meandering my way back to the middle school. It was definitely a wonderful improvement to my day, and hopefully the kids’ as well.
I took group photos with each of the three classes of students, and here was one of them.