Today is bitter sweet as it is Mothers Day in the UK and seven years since I lost my Grandmother-in-Law in the earthquake in Japan.
P-chan with my mother-in-law etc.
As my children grow older I have to have a clearout of the books etc I taught them Japanese from.
Yes, I taught them Japanese as I believed and still believe that they should not lose their heritage.
I taught myself the language as a ten year old back in the ’70s and would feel that although I had no intention of marrying or having children, especially Japanese ones, that it would be a waste for them to only speak English and it would be a good skill for them to have.
I have had (and sometimes continue to have) arguments with my hubby in ‘letting it go as we are not living in Japan’, but NOT while I’m alive will I stop ‘teaching/telling them about their heritage and my love of Japan.
Today, I am letting go of the various 0-10 books and games I have accumulated over the years from Japan before my kids were even thought of when I was an ESOL/TEFOL teacher in Japan.
I am planning to teach basic Japanese in primary schools, in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It’s just how to get that off the ground? ?
Anyway as my youngest will be starting Year 6 Japanese school, soon, these items are not needed anymore.
I hope they go to a good home.
This year I let me daughter make the pancakes from scratch.
She didn’t do a bad job.
The attempt will be held on May 7
In the build up to going to the Robin of Sherwood Convention, the kids and I will be going to this event.
Seems to be that we in Nottingham are getting up for this year’s robin hood festivities.
The Robin Hood festival, robin of Sherwood Convention, there may be some films coming out from Hollywood and now.a friend of mine has written a book.
2018 seems to be the year OF Nottingham.
Today we are celebrating Hinamatsuri no Hi.
Being in a mixed family I believe that it is important to keep up the various traditions.
So today I will try to make some traditional food for my daughter
My daughter asked to wear my twenty-two year old kimono .
It’s been twenty -two years we have known each other, but he still gives me chocolates.
Also my friend has a book out.
Had a regular day, today until the ‘clearing’ bug for me while cleaning the house.
Started to clear my son’s room of old toys and books.
Felt very sad as some of these are from Japan and things his sister had. Soon, he will be going to big school, he doesn’t play with them any more.
While doing that my daughter found a Dinosaur toy that my son has had for ages and had not even taken it out of the packaging. She made the model.
After picking my son up from Japanese school, I saw a picture that a friend of mine’s wife painted while he was out playing golf, today. #golfwidow.
We ladies can be creative while the lads are out.