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August 2, 2011 / Mika Riedel

Enter Grandpa Sen!

Today we went to Hebita Elementary for Rainbow Crayons!


This is Aichan reporting from Hebita Elementary.

A special guest visited Rainbow Crayons today! His name is Grandpa Sen, and he is *Onchan-shisho’s father and my grandfather. Since he teaches kendo and is both a sensei and a grandfather, we call him Grandpa Sen!  *(Onchan-Shisho is Shigeki’s nickname and literally means “middle-aged master”.)

Today, Grandpa Sen held a 10-minute kendo lesson with 20 of the kids.

The children listen intently to Grandpa Sen’s lesson.


Using swords made out of newspaper, Grandpa Sen sparred with the kids and gave them tips advice. They were getting pretty into it. 🙂

After the 10-minute kendo lesson, we started our usual Rainbow Crayons activities!

We started with the ever-popular rolling dodgeball, then moved on to normal dodgeball. Once again, it was the fateful confrontation of the boys’ team vs. the girls’ team.

The results were:

Game 1: Boys won

Game 2: Girls won

Game 3: Girls won

Game 4: Boys won

There was one girl in particular whom the girls were looking up to, and her dodgeballs skills were nothing to sneeze at all. There was almost no difference in strength between the boys and girls, so the games were really close. It was intense!

The kids would start clapping whenever someone caught the ball and whenever someone got out. Everyone was having a good time, especially at the end when it got down to one person left on each side. When the match was finally decided, everyone applauded and praised the two who made it to the end. 🙂


After that we played ring toss, which was promised to them since Thursday.

The kids are so cute when they smile. It’s what gives me the energy to keep going every day.


Written by Kodomo Hinanjo Club on 5/23/2011.

Translated by Daniel Sunstrum and Kayoko Hirata.


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