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Today Kayden got a great deal of Japanese schooling done. In the morning Mommy did some Hiragana letter tracing and quiz with him before she had to head off to work.

She’s so pretty…even with that brush in her hair.

I took the kids out side to the beach for a bit before lunch.

The weather has really warmed up. Enough even for Kayden to be able to take off his shoes and go splashing in the water a bit.

I tried taking Sean’s shoes and socks off as well and letting him walk in the water, but he really didn’t like that idea. too bad. Maybe when it gets warmer he will consent. In the mean time he is just happy to throw rocks into the water. I was able to snap this adorable picture of Sean. A rare smiling one.

The warm weather is just what we need as Sean recently had a fever and Kayden has a bit of a cold.

For school today, Kayden and I studied Japanese. We played a Japanese game called “karuta”

Karuta is a Japanese card game.
The basic idea of any karuta game is to be able to quickly determine which card out of an array of cards is required and then to grab the card before it is grabbed by an opponent. There are various types of cards which can be used to play karuta. It is also possible to play this game using two standard decks of playing cards.
There are two kinds of cards used in karuta. One kind is yomifuda (読札) or “reading cards”, and the other is torifuda (取り札) or “grabbing cards.” As they were denoted, the words in the yomifuda are read and players will have to find its associated torifuda before anybody else does.
The two types of karuta cards that are most often seen are the “uta-garuta” and “iroha-garuta”.
In “uta-garuta“, players try to find the last two lines of a tanka given the first three lines. It is often possible to identify a poem by its first one or two syllables. The poems for this game are taken from the Hyakunin Isshu and are traditionally played on New Year’s Day.
Anyone who can read hiragana can play “iroha-garuta” (いろはがるた). In this type, a typical torifuda features a drawing with a kana at one corner of the card. Its corresponding yomifuda features a proverb connected to the picture with the first syllable being the kana displayed on the torifuda.
Karuta is often played by children at elementary school and junior high-school level during class, as an educational exercise. Although several kinds of Karuta games are described below, in reality any kind of information that can be represented in card form can be used including shapes, colours, words in English, small pictures and the like. -via Wikipedia

It was a great and fun way to learn his Hiragana. After we watched a Japanese children’s video. For the rest of the day we tried to only speak in Japanese to each other. We actually pulled it off quite well.

When we went out to the park in the afternoon we played the popular kids games “red light green light” and “What time is it Mr.fox” but we tried to say all the lines in Japanese. Kayden is picking up on his Japanese quite rapidly.

Well I’m glad the weather is warmer and we have more sunny weather coming up which is perfect since we want to go have a picnic under the Sakura (cherry blossom) trees this coming Sat. Should be fun

Good night all.

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