I grew up with 運動会, undokai. It's basically an elementary school annual event where kids practice then gather to compete in various sports events. Less about win/lose, and more about getting kids inspired about sports. Now that I'm a parent involved in school, the event is a wonderful day where we all come together and "play" and I feel it bonds us all. Parents are supporting their kids, but parents also participate. While each of us is either on the red or white team, and cheer our own teams, in the end, there is no tally about which team wins. It's fun, and brings the school together.
Today, I got to drag my parents since they are visiting. I brought a shade structure and chairs, and spotted them napping every once in a while, but my mom participated in the parent tug of war. It's super hard and a lot of fun.
Tesla also did Tug of War.
Have you ever done a big group tug of war with a huge rope? It's really hard, and a unique experience in feeling how the pull of 40 people can feel. Powerful!
Tesla in action doing a group event where they have to run together holding a stick.
She also did a sprint run, and while in the past, she diddle daddled with fun, this year, she really ran it!
I was honored this year to be asked, along with Koji-san so I'm not alone, to take on the MC/Announcer role that requires being bilingual. The current awesome MC's daughter is graduating, so this year, Koji-san and I shadowed and did parts. With Aila only to enter Rosa Parks in 2 years, I will be doing this for many years to come.
It's ok, I <heart> Rosa Parks Elementary School!!
p.s. getting a pic like this with T and Ojiichan is the best: