Japanese primary school kids have community run morning calisthenics each summer holiday morning at 6:30 am. It's called radio calisthenics as they exercise along to a set routine of exercises broadcast on the national radio broadcaster.
Getting your kids out of bed and down to the designated exercise place by the set time is the bane of many of my friend's summer holidays.
I have just explained to a disbelieving and disgruntled Meg that there is no radio calisthenics on weekends. Or during the Obon week.
Never mind. She and Amy have put their radio calisthenics cards on (they get a stamp each day they go and hand their cards in with their summer homework at school) and are doing a two person calisthenics class in the passageway.
They're dressed and have done their own hair, too.
And they're thirty minutes early.
I swear if I didn't have such vivid memories of giving birth to them both I wouldn't believe they were genetically K and my kids- they seem to be completely missing the love to sleep gene.