Every year, school children all over Japan practice for and participate in their school’s undokai, a Sports Day. They have all kinds of events and will sometimes practice for weeks in advance. At ASIJ, we have our own unique version of the undokai that’s less competitive and gives the kids a chance to try out some of the Sports Day games.
On October 9, teams of red and white rolled, tossed and tugged in three friendly challenges, as cheers of encouragement from their teammates roared from the bleachers. Our elementary school students enjoyed a big ball relay, bean bag toss and tug of war, popular undokai games. The whole event was organized by the Japanese teachers and was open for parents to spectate. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon of Japanese Undokai and the opportunity for students from different cultural backgrounds to learn about this great holiday.