Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Branden's undokai 2010! : )

Undokai for Branden was Saturday, the weather was lovely. It really was so much better then the undokai Branden had last year. A totally rainy and cold undokai he had last year. : ) The undokai's are so much different then the sports day/field days I had growing up in the US. Lots of practice goes into it. A huge marching band and dance number, sorta like a half time is the best description I can think of, for you Americans. Obento/packed lunches are brought by all of us. No first and second place type ribbons are given out at our elementary. But medals are given out at our yochien go figure. But the sports and fun the kids have is the same. Here was the start of undokai. The red (hat) team versus the white (hat) team. In Japan, the kids have these hats, they are white on 1 side and red on the other (reversible) half the school ends up a red hat or a white hat. For Branden, the 3rd grade #1 class are red and the 3rd grade #2 are white (hats). The camaraderie, they feel towards their team is pretty big. They started out like the picture above...the red waves their huge red flag and shouts and says...basically. "Go red, you can do it" Gambatte gambatte. The reds all clap hands in unison. Then they stop and the white hats do the same. Shouting and cheering for the white team. And they all clap and shout in unison. So this riles up the red and they go back and forth. It's all in good fun! But it gets the teams going. Doesn't matter if you're an ichinensei or a 6th grader, the most popular kid in class or not, you're team will root for you! They will shout for you and cheer you on the whole day long! Go red...go red!!!
Branden is the 5th to the right red hat, they start with warm up exercises.

Stretching out the ol' back!
Here's a pic of the red team clapping. There's also a drum beating for the red team and white team.
Branden came in 2nd on this race but on another race he came in first place. However I had video taped it instead of taking a picture. It's crazy for sports days. Noboru and I each have a camera so we're both snapping/clicking like crazy. Then I am also taping the mini videos for the blog. And also I have my mini camcorder I am trying to make a full length dvd for B for when he grows up. @_@ Yep, it's nuts. ; ) So we were definitely all over the place with taking pics, taking videos. Chatting with my friends. Noboru chatting with his friends. Keeping an eye on Noah. But it was fun.
Branden about to run a relay, I was so glad I had the front spot, I was sitting right where the kids were running. With our leisure sheet right there, we didn't have to move for many of our pictures, ha ha ha. Thank goodness for our spot.
Branden getting ready for the half time type performance. He was playing Ponyo on the pianica. Everyone had to wear the berets and bandanas.
About to begin.
Now here were the father's tug-o-war! White won twice and reds won once. You'r color is whatever your kids hat color is. Branden was a red, so Noboru was a red. Sorry honey, you guys didn't win the tug-o-war! ; )
Then the "father's club" had a competition with the 6th graders. The father's club were given instructions before undokai. They said..."try hard, don't let them win" It was 120 kids versus 20 or so father's. 4 father's per bunch/cluster of the kids! The "father's club" won! Yay! Noboru was happy! Ha ha ha. By the way...you know how some events some people don't watch, they might be chit chatting with friends or something. But...this event...the father's club versus the 6th graders. Everyone in the whole field watched this event. It was loud and you could hear lots of grunting back and forth for that log...who would win and pull that log. But....the father's club did. Branden was cheering for Noboru. "Yay daddy!!!!" It was very cute.
A pic of the father's club running for that log! The way they all charged that log...you would swear you were watching Braveheart or something along those lines! Two opposing teams running screaming for that log! Sorry no camera movie for this one, I video taped this one with the camcorder too.
Another race the 3rd graders did.
Watching the ending runners run, they already ran so were sitting along the sidelines.
The red (hat) 3rd graders and white (hat) 3rd graders were having a ball rolling contest. Talk about having a ball...I mean literally!!! ; ) All the other red hats and the white hats in the whole place were screaming...basicaly....go!!!! You can do it!!!! It was a real nail biter! ; )
And they're off! Rolling an enormous red ball across the field. Crowd goes wild, who will win..who will win. Noah's jumping up and down...go Branden!!!
Rolling rolling rolling...keeps those doggy's rolling!
See the thermoses? Everyone brings a thermos and when you're thristy you drink. You see the girls laughing in the background. Yep, Noboru was teasing the girls a little beforehand. Just something silly and they were laughing about it. Even still a bit smily in the picture. ; )
Are you just about ready for your lunch Noah? : )
Karaage, salad (tomatoes courtesy of the garden) potato salad, tamagoyaki, meatballs, more karaage. Rice balls, croutons and salad dressing.
Fruit, can't forget the fruit. Different colored apples and grapes. Since they're in season.
My serving. From 12 noon-1pm was lunch.
A very nice lunch.
The score midway. The red hats were winning! Yay!
And the final final score! The red hats indeed won! Branden was so happy!
The kids went to their classroom and would come out 20 minutes later. We know that already. And so we packed up quickly, loaded the MPV. And then waited for B to come out. Then he did. Noah had a cherry shave ice just before we were about to leave. First time I've ever seen cherry flavor since I've been in Japan. I mean, melon sure...lemon of course, strawberry yep very common. But yeah first time for me to see cherry. It's common in the US. But happily surprised to see it for sures. Noah had cherry kakigori. And had red stained lips after eating it afterwards. : ) But with the heat...it completely hit the spot.
Branden didn't want a kakigori, he chose a choco banana instead, so that's what he got! It was his day afterall. ; )
And I picked my trusty ol' lemon flavor. Though I have been thinking, you know, I should have gotten cherry. ; ) Hubby luckily picked cherry so he shared with me though. We came home exhausted. Mc D's for dinner Saturday night. We were just too pooped to cook (geeze we were up since 5am that morning and I was cooking that morning and then all day spent at undokai we were rightly tired). And then at 6pm, Noboru went to the "Father's club" dinner and drinking party also with all the teachers and principal. This is very good for our relationship with the school. Noboru being in this club since Branden was an ichinensei. Means he has had many long and lengthy chats with the teachers of this school. Has developed a friendship with the principal. This close sorta relationship is very good for Branden and someday for Noah. Makes our ties to this community even stronger and our relationships even closer and bond a bit tighter. So it's good. It's very beneficial for our boys. And we know that. Plus they're all really nice at this school anyway. And so Noboru actually enjoys his time with them during these father's party's. Noboru isn't really a drinker at all, he said he had 2 regular beers for the "cheers" toast part. And then switched to non-alcoholic beer. He came home around 8pm. Anyway, that's Branden's undokai/field day/sport's day 2010 in a nut shell. : )

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