This is the third year in a row I have done this - you would think I have it down pat! But, alas, no...
I still forgot my name badge, did not bring Ian's shoes out to change into, etc. I have, however streamlined some things. Minimizing bags was not one of them! Some of the Japanese moms have a tiny bag. And that is it. They manage boots, gloves, shovels, lunches, drinks, etc. and then they put it all in this microscopic bag. I think I need to find myself one of these bags. It would be like being Mary Poppins!!!
As it was, we got dressed to dig
Boots on bottom, aplons on top (we might call them smocks...).
Gloves went on at the field and the digging commenced.
Once done, the kids all receive a gift from Encho Sensei of a roasted sweet potato.
Turns out, Ian's had a HUGE bite taken out of the top when he got his... OK, I may have taken the bite...
This year we came home with a giant bag of theses huge sweet potatoes. Many people (read: Americans) don't love, or even like, these sweet potatoes. However, we do. So I try to scam other people potatoes!
Once the dig is done, we stash out stash under the bus and head to a nearby park for a "picnic". It's BYOB style (bring your own bento). The kids get to run free for a bit and then they gather up to so some taiso. It's various dances that are just so kawaii! It would be inappropriate to say they are cute - it just doesn't consider it Japanese-ness...
Judge for yourselves.
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