It’s getting warmer and warmer day by day. Now the cherry trees are in full bloom in Kumamoto. Last Saturday, my family went to see the cherry blossoms in a park which is very close to my house. People were having a picnic lunch under the trees. Children were sliding down the grassy slope, and playing on the grass with a ball or jump rope.
In Japan, there is a school event called “Wundoukai” Sports Day once a year. On that day, students’ family members go and see the results of their children’s effort and enjoy a picnic lunch together. My daughter’s high school held it this month. There were standard plays such as relay and running races, a tug-of-war, dance…
Tug of war
There was a costume parade too.
“Ohendan” cheering squads attract people’s attention. No mini-skirts and pompons, the all-male groups (there are exceptions, though) are disciplined. Squad members wear team-color costume and compete on their performance to the beat of a Japanese drum.
If you want to watch the whole performance, click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TS4SdH-lXk
All students sing their shool song at the end of a sports day.
I created YouTube account to upload these videos. It was very easy. I hope overseas readers will find them interesting.