2010年3月21日日曜日

kodomo-kai

kodomo-kai is like a kids' club for the kids who live in a particular area. There are 60 households in this area and a total of 18 kids so ours is a pretty small kodomo-kai. Kodomo-kai is officially from Grade 1 to 3rd year JHS but because of the lack of numbers kinder kids are honorary members here. So we have been to the Summer BBQ and the winter bonfire for the last three years.

But today was Meg's first event as an official full member of the kodomo-kai. We met at the community centre at 8:00am and walked around the neighbourhood collecting 300 yen from each house. I have been on the receiving end of this activity before and always wondered what the money is for.

Now I know.

After an hour tramping around watching 18 kids scatter and scramble and run wild all over the neighbourhood banging on doors and collecting the 300 yen we met back at the community centre where we broke up until 1pm. The Grade 6ers (two of them) and their mums took all the money and went shopping. For junk food. 60 houses times 300 yen. 18,000 yen. 18 kids. 1,000 yen worth of junk food each. Wow. Actually they also bought bingo cards and a notebook, pretty pencil and pocket towel present for the 4 new Grade 1 students so it wasn't a whole 1,000 yen worth of sugary crap but still a lot.

At 1pm we met up and one of the men's groups drilled holes in tree lengths for us:


Then we pushed shitake mushroom spore infected plugs into each hole:




Thanked the men's club for helping, were instructed on how to look after our mushroom logs- must lie horizontally in a cool, dark, aerated, exposed to rain but not too much sun place. Must not lie on dirt. Must not dry out. Next year we move the log to upright and keep wet and in two years time we should have shitake mushrooms. Wow. I will do my best but I don't think Meg should get her hopes up for home grown shitake mushrooms... I'll be happy if it lasts 2 years without one of us forgetting and throwing it in the fire!

The first year kids' mums took the logs home (they are surprisingly heavy!) and left our kids there for three hours of junk food and games. Meg came home saying it was great fun, very noisy, there are lots of boys (this area is about 70-30 boys to girls for some reason) she ate so much junk food she couldn't believe it, she thought they should at least have had fruit (my kid!), she won bingo, she had a great time.

Who did she sit with? The other girl from her kinder.
Did she talk to any of the big kids (who will supposedly be helping her walk safely to school and back as of next week)? Nope.
Why not? Because she doesn't know them....

Oh well. I guess she'll get to know them eventually. It's a long walk after all!



6 件のコメント:

illahee さんのコメント...

yoshi brought home a shiitake log and we have neglected it shockingly. and yet, it has still produced mushrooms for us. the upstairs balcony has been a great place to store it....

looks like a lot of fun!

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

Wow - we have loads of shiitake in our area but I didn't know the 'how to grow them and store them' story. I have never seen them lying down flat - obviously as not sticking upright stacked against hundred of others like fence - second year.

Lulu さんのコメント...

Wow, I had no idea about the shiitake log ...interesting! Going to have something to talk to "baabaa" about nxt time I see her since she grows all sorts of stuff!

Had to laugh at the 300yen- that is amazing that everyone just hands it over. Kodomo-kai sounds like fun though!

Sara さんのコメント...

Ohh wow... shitake log! That is so interesting.. maybe you need to tie a big bow around it or something to it doesn't get tossed in the fire!

Kodomo-kai sounds fun! I know Meg is a bit timid but I'm sure in no time she'll be nakayoshi with all her sempai there! Looks like a lot of fun and her outfit was cute too!

Nay さんのコメント...

I have always looked at the shiitake logs they sell in Cainz home and thought I would love to buy one and try to make my own. Because I just LOVE shiitake mushrooms. Glad I didn't though - I never realised how much trouble it was to grow them!!

thefukases さんのコメント...

illahee- thanks for the reassurance. I was getting really worried hearing how difficult it was supposed to be!

GW- All my neighbours grow them but I never really took notice of how they do it. Just say thank you when they share them. ;P

Lulu- not only do they pay the go out of their way to pay- leaving it tied to the door when they know they won't be home or rushing out of the field when they see the kids going by. Bizarre....

Sara- Think we're gonna paint it... And yeah, Meg is slowly getting her courage up. Yesterday she walked up the hill- by herself- to visit the other new first year. She was soooo proud of herself it made me all mushy...

Nay I love them too. Always wondered why they were so much more expensive than the other mushrooms. Guess now I know, huh?