Saturday, November 14, 2009

All singing, all dancing

Today we were at one of these events at which the Japanese excel - the annual school show. We are always amazed at the standard reached by the children ranging in age from 6 to 12. Each year group does some kind of play, usually involving acting, narrating, singing and dancing, sometimes with musical instruments too. Everyone has a part. Everyone can sing - in tune! Everyone's role is special. It's a real team performance. Even the youngest children performed a play lasting over 20 minutes. Some of the stories are quite 'different' - Calum's year group did something about ghost children meeting human children. Calum had the honour of being a zombie! The 10/11 year olds came up with a 50 minute play all about the way we are destroying the earth - it was brilliantly done and very thought-provoking. These events always provide fascinating insights to Japanese culture - even if we don't understand all that is said. It's such a privilege to be able to have our children at the local primary school.

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