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A Hilarious New Pokemon

Yesterday, my daughter was talking to me about her day at school. She and her friend pretended to be Pokemon. Her friend was Pikachu, while my daughter was something I’d never heard of, at least in Pokemon. The word she used is a real word, but no Pokemon has that name. I was surprised and confused. But most of all, I had to laugh. The name was hilarious. And guess what? I got it all on video.

I bet you want to see that video. You won’t regret it. Check it out.

It turned out that she couldn’t pronounce the name of the main character, Ash. But still, it was very funny. Kids can say the funniest things.

For those of you who have children, what are some of the funniest things they’ve said? Let me know in the comments below.

Sleeping Difficulties

She looks innocent, doesn’t she? That was her at the playground earlier today. She ended up going to bed a bit late tonight, but she spent two hours moving around, talking, and making a poor attempt at sleeping. I’m tired.

Anyone else have trouble getting their kid to bed?

Japanese School for My Daughter

At the moment, my daughter only has my wife to speak Japanese with her. But today, we met a couple families whose husbands are Canadian and wives are Japanese. Both families have several children older than my daughter.

One of the topics that came up was the Japanese school. There’s one here in Edmonton, and it apparently has around 130 students. We’d like our daughter to attend, so she can meet other kids who speak Japanese, and she can maintain her Japanese fluency. That’ll be very good for her, as she’ll be able to be fully bilingual. It’ll be great for her future. I hope she likes it.

Reading Children’s Books

I read mainly fantasy and science fiction novels, but I have another source of books I can read, children’s books.

My daughter has the entire Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter and many Dr. Seuss books. I’m thinking about doing a new kind of review for these. I’ll have my usual reaction to them, but also have the reaction of my daughter. That is, does she want to read it again? Did she enjoy it? Did she try making her own story based on the pictures? I think I’ll write about that.

What do you think? Would you like to see children’s books reviews?

Goodbyes – Round Two

Today was my last day at one of my schools. A lot of students said thank you, good luck, and some were quite surprised I was leaving. They all asked me why I was leaving.

But the most difficult ones to say goodbye to were the kids. I was surprised. They were actually disappointed I was leaving. One kid said he won’t get to play (non-morbid) hangman anymore. With kids, I always enjoyed seeing how their English skills advanced over the years. I only taught these kids for a year, but it wasn’t easy to say goodbye.

Well, three days of work left.

Life in Japan: Raising a Kid

It’s Monday again, and I’m in the middle of Golden Week, a major week-long holiday in Japan.  However, I have work only today, and a couple four day holidays. But Monday also means it’s time for another question about Japan.  It’s S. R.  Carrillo’s question again.

What’s it like to have raised a family there, as a foreigner?

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As you can see from the picture, it’s weird.  Or maybe that’s just my daughter.  There are certainly some challenges raising a kid in Japan while I’m a foreigner.  I can’t speak for families whose parents are both foreigners, though.  They’d have a totally different experience.  However, since my wife is Japanese, I get to experience the Japanese side of life, as well.

Basically, I get to spend some time with my wife’s family and see what it’s like in a Japanese family. We mostly go during the New Year period, so I get to see the traditions associated with that holiday, which is the biggest holiday of the year.  They welcome me into the family, which I’m very happy about.  There are some language barriers, but I do my best to speak with them in Japanese. But I feel my Japanese skills are too inadequate for decent conversation.

Aside from that, there are some interesting things to experience. Since my daughter is haafu (half Japanese), she gets a lot of attention. She’s always called cute, like a doll, and beautiful. You see, people in Japan often say that kids who are half Japanese and half something else (usually white) are beautiful. She gets that a lot! It seems that whenever an old lady comes up to us, they always have to mention it.

I haven’t noticed any negativity or any racism. Where we live, foreigners are quite common, and mixed kids are often seen. But one thing I notice is that there are some people who try to speak to my daughter in English, despite the fact that her first language is Japanese.  She can understand English, but she speaks mostly Japanese.  Which leads to a problem for me. Sometimes I don’t understand her, especially when her Japanese isn’t pronounced correctly.

I’d say things have been good. My daughter’s experience has been wonderful. No problems other than having to stay in the hospital two years ago for pneumonia. That wasn’t fun. But that’s another story.

Thanks for the question, Sierra! If you have any questions about living in Japan, please go to this post and add your question to the comments.