2012年4月5日木曜日

bright shiny grade one-er

That sounds odd in English but very cute in Japanese where bright and shiny is the melodic "pika pika" but anyway...

Amy is a schoolkid!

In usual bah humbug Spring-less 2012 Nagano the weather was most un-cooperative with the celebratory occasion. I believe we swung between sleet and rain about four times? Maybe more. Oh and a strong wind that blew the rainsideways across the covered walkways around the school leaving everyone with chilled feet in soggy slippers from our trek from classroom (reception) to gym (ceremony) to classroom (holding bay and teacher intro) to gym (official group photo) to classroom (reminders, rollcall and goodbye) again.

But nothing could dampen the mood and the kids were bouncingoff the walls and each other, the kimono count hit double figures, there were corsages and fancy up does galore and, while Amy's first, second, third and fourth best friend's are all in different classes than her (she had numbered them off in the car on the way) she soon started getting on like a house on fire with her seat mate, the kid behind him and the kid behind her.

Getting along rather too well and chatting and laughing through the teacher's talk on packing your bag but hey, it's only day one right? I'm sure they'll cover discipline at some stage...

Pedantic me was very impressed to see that the kids were sitting in straight alphabetical order. So what? So, sometimes they order the kids all the boys first then all the girls and have them sitting girl, boy, girl, boy. No big deal in the scheme of the universe but I like to break down the gender stereotyping that is rather too prevalent here and this is a nice start!

Amy is sitting next to a little boy, T. He and she hit it off right from the start and after everything was done he asked if his mum could take a picture of them together.

Poor K.....

He tries really hard to be as cool about it as I am but he would definitely like Amy to make some more girl friends as throughout kinder her bestie has always been a boy and now to see it all start again (albeit with a different boy?) sigh....

When T reached over and poked Amy's cheek to make her laugh he even muttered 'can't he see her dad's here???' Sheesh! They're 6 years old!!!

Heaven help our girls when they do want to go out with a boyfriend and not just a boy friend as I reckon K will end up tagging along at this rate!

Amy is the pink splodge on the far left of the right hand block of kids. The fashion for kiddie girl's formal wear at the moment is based on the pop group AKB 48 and it's black with bright pink or red frilly accents. The skirts are mini and many come with matching frilly over pants that we called bummers when I was at school and I think North American's call booty shorts. Cute on a six year old, huh? Being an out of fashion prudish mother Amy is wearing a light pink, knee length skirt with white knee high socks and a jacket top. She wanted to wear it too which was a bonus.

In class:
listening?

And not listening anymore...

Let me take a picture to send to Obaachan:

Take 1......

Take 2....

OK. I give up!

Congratulations not-so-little-anymore Amy!

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Gina さんのコメント...

Congratulations Amy! Noah's up this coming Monday.

I think you looked very pretty for your entrance ceremony. : )