Second grade is over. In Japan the school year begins in April so I missed most of the first part of the year since I was busy finishing grade 1 in America and enjoying the summer before I moved here at the end of July. When I arrived in Japan kids were already on their longest break of the school year, around 4 weeks between the end of July and August. In Japanese school we don’t get very long vacations like you do in the U.S. but we do get 15 Japanese national holidays plus about 10 days around the new year, about 9 days off right now, and like I said 4 weeks in late summer.
This the backpack all elementary school kids in Japan use. You can get in colors too but Mom didn’t know that so she got me a black one. I will use the same bag during all my years in Japanese public school.
These are many of the school supplies I started with for Grade 2. I will still use my bags and disaster hood in grade 3. I think Mom will take me to get new indoor shoes before Grade 3 begins.
I had a fun time in school this year in Japan, even though kanji tests weren’t easy and Dad made me study A LOT.
This is me on my first day at Japanese public school back in August. Dad and Mom walked me the first day as we all had to attend an assembly.
My friends at school are Ekurusuton Ema, Shinohara Miyu, Gunji Ray, and Mizukami Midori.
They like Aikatsu and Robots. Ray especially likes Big Hero 6. Aikatsu is a fashion card trading game for girls. I like to play it.
That’s me on the second day of school – walking all by myself.
My favorite thing was Tanoshikata Ninensei. Tanoshikata ninensei is where we write about what was most fun in during second grade. We all wrote an individual bunshu which is a report. I wrote about Hoto Leta, that is where we wrote letters to the 5th graders.
Things that were important this year include: Suho no shiroi uma – is a Mongolian folk tale we read, Yosu arawasu kotoba is learning about the sounds of noises around you and Otegami is the letter by Arnold Lobel in the Frog and Toad series.
Above are the textbooks I had in Grade 2. They are paperbacks. I get to keep them, I don’t have to turn them into the school like my Mom told me she used to have to do. We even have a textbook for gym!
Also during grade 2 we went on Machitanken – which is town exploration. We learn as a class and in small groups how to get around our neighborhood and we learn about the shops, business, offices near our school. I liked visiting the sweet shop and the meteorological center and the western houses on the Bluff.
My favorite subject was zuko which is Art. In Art I made a project called Motomachi Mansion, a series of houses I made with poster board and a knife cutter. That is how we made the windows, I also used colored cellophane paper to make the window panes and the doors. I also used beads to make window decorations.
In second grade I went on two field trips. I went to Negishi Park and the Zoo. During the trip to Negishi Park I fell in a ditch and had to ride back to school in a taxi while everyone else walked back to school. At the zoo they have hamsters you can brush, mice you can hold and chicks and chickens to hold. I held a giant rooster!
Yesterday I brought home my report card. I got mostly Bs and a few Cs. I thought Mom would be mad but she was very happy. This is the first time I got letter grades.
Now I am on break but it is a short one. Grade 3 will begin on April 6. I am excited about grade 3. We will have science and social studies.
Before grade 3 begins Mom and I will go on a trip to Matsumoto to see the castle! I hope to write about that next week!
That’s second grade.
That’s me yesterday, heading out to my last day of Grade 2. Later that day Mom and I went to Chinatown to have lunch with my tutor, Nozomi and her son Yusei. After lunch we walked around. It was a good day.