It's already almost mid-October, which means that I've already celebrated another 365 days on earth. This year's birthday celebrations were amazing. I had an unplanned week of festivities, even though I had to work on my birthday (which was a weekend) thanks to my school's festival this year. But even that proved to be extremely fun. I've never experienced a school festival before since they happen every 3 years. The past two years have been sports related 運動会 festivals, so this year's festival was extremely creative, with skits, movies, fashion shows, tea ceremony performances, and even an intricate haunted house. Plus, the kids at my school are all so super 元気 and happy students, so just walking around the school to the various classrooms during the two day festival energized me. It's always great to see how contagiously enthusiastic and alive everyone becomes when they're letting go of the daily grind and stress they are always under. I wish we had festivals like this in our lives every week.
|The students has a costume parade around the city|
to kick off the festival events.
|Advertisements for various events at the festival.|
|Follow the monster's footprints.|
|The students designed and built a haunted house.|
|It's time to entertain my co-workers.|
|At the Chinese Gardens in Naha|
|The beauty in the mundane|
|My students brought me so many presents this year.|
|All of the birthday gifts and cards|
|With love, 秋|