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April 25, 2011 / Mika Riedel

Japan-America Baseball Showdown!

Some American soldiers played baseball with us. They were some big guys, but they threw the ball gently for us. World Baseball Classic? 🙂

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4/18 (Monday)

We had some activities this morning at Hebita Elementary and Ishinomaki High.

There were three kids at Hebita, and we made origami together, played doctor, and more.

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There were 10 kids at Ishinomaki High. There were more kids today than usual, which I think gave them more energy. We played “demon tag”, “freeze tag”, and hide-and-seek together.

“Demon tag” is a traditional tag game in Japan, in which one person plays the role of a demon (“oni”) who chases the other children around. This time around, the “oni” chased us around while wearing a pig mask. This not only made the “oni” easy to spot, it was also hilarious being chased around by a pig, so everyone got an extra dose of laughter along with their run.

Nobody ever seemed to freeze during the game of freeze tag, and it was quite a job for the person doing the chasing. The kids were quite cunning during the game of hide-and-seek, looking for blind spots and camouflaging themselves.

When the kids play outside like this, it cheers us adults up as well. Even though I sometimes worry about how I should talk to them, I’m really inspired by the children’s strength.

In the afternoon, we had activities at Hebita Junior High, Mangokuura Junior High, and Oshio Community Center. There were 6 kids at Hebita Junior High. We folded origami, and then played demon tag.

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At Mangokuura Junior High, we did treasure-hunting, and then played cops-and-robbers. There were 10 kids in all.

It was a really warm day today, so at the Oshio Community Center we went outside to play some ball. The girls were not to be taken lightly!

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Written by Kodomo Hinanjo Club on 4/18/2011.

Translated by Chris Davis on 4/24/2011.

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