Japan has an infatuation with group exercise.
If it's not a company warmup before work it's a village Sports Day or a neighbourhood early morning baseball league.
And for elementary school kids summer holidays wouldn't be summer holidays without waking up at 6:00 to get up and dressed and out the door and to the neighbourhood meeting place for 'rajio taiso' (radio calisthenics).
Call me a cynic but I really don't think it provides a terrible lot of exercise for your average active elementary age kid:
But anyway, it's a big deal and the kids have a card to get stamped each morning as they rock up to swing their arms around a little and jump on the spot.
The calisthenics song is broadcast on the radio LIVE from an exciting local calisthenics meetup somewhere in Japan each holiday morning at 6:30.
And this being my neighbourhood and us living on a muscle crampingly steep hill and kids getting more exercise just getting there each morning than they do actually doing rajio taiso we add our own part 3 after the kids do the broadcast part 1 and part 2 exercises.
Monday and Tuesday part 3 is skipping on the spot for 100 jumps or more.
Wednesday through Friday they line up in grade order with the little kids at the front and the grade 6ers at the back and run helter skelter, clothes flapping and bed hair bouncing to the next intersection then back through the intersection where rajio taiso is held, through to the next intersection going the other way and back again.
And so, if you happen to be wandering around my neighbourhood some Summer morning about 6:40 you might glance down a side road and expect to see a rogue dinosaur or Godzilla or at least a monkey pack as every kid between 6-12 in the whole neighbourhood comes racing toward you like their life depends on it: