Another year, another Village Sports Day.
Bit of excitement this year with an ambulance carrying away one of the competitors.
In the 65 yo and over take-the-bread-from-the-clothesline-with-your-teeth race.
Seriously. Neighbourhood pride on the line and all that.
Meg and Amy went in the primary school kids version of the event. Amy killed it in the running, tunnelled through the ladder like she was greased, and was a dead cert to win until she got to the bread laden clothesline and...
stopped to carefully choose what bread product that she'd like...
Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! Poor kid. I don't think we properly explained the race to her before it started.
Oh well. She was very happy with her sweet bean bread roll anyway.
There was ball-in-the-ring races:
and intra-neighbourhood tug-of-war:
Lunch break and it was time for some yummy Brazilian potato, cauliflower and sausage salad with tomato onion and apple dressing. It was fabulous!!!
The true false game. Is the primary school sports ground higher than Tokyo sky tree?
If you head directly East from Azusagawa will you end up in Mexico?
(no, USA- just!)
Then there was the shoe kick. This is a big deal. The women who are first and second record holder (yes, really) both have kids in Meg's class and boy are they competitive! Meg and Amy entered but without training (seriously) they didn't make it out of their round. They had fun hopping around looking for their shoes though.
and the 'love game' This was a crackup! Seriously- you can hear me chuckling while videoing. The participants had to be husband and wife, parent and child or siblings. They ran holding hands to a table, took a balloon and blew it up, ran the next section with the ballon wedged between them (no hands allowed), popped their balloon (no hands) and then ran to the finish line holding hands.
Well, that was what was supposed to happen but in reality a lot of people took shortcuts on blowing up their balloons and got a headstart there but then had squishy under-inflated balloons that
They squished and squeezed and hugged and bodyslammed and nothing.
Remembering that this is a country with verrrry little PDA. Especially in the country here. I don't think I've ever seen a couple over 20 or so even holding hands.
So keep that in mind as you watch this:
This is terrible quality but this couple took soooo long that a kid came onto the track with a chopstick to lend to them.
And of course we ended up back in the 'hood with fried food, beer, lollies and chips and karaoke.