"Hide and Seek"

As a child, my sisters and I used to love to play a game called "Hide and Seek." This game is similar to the one played in Japan; however, in America, the person who hides tries to keep as quiet as he or she can. If one were to make any kind of noise, he or she would be detected easily. In Japan, the kids after finding a place to hide would yell, "Mou, ii, yo!"

I remember a time when I was about seven years old. My sisters and I (and sometimes our mother) wanted to play "Hide and Seek" with our father in our backyard. Dad had volunteered to be the person who would find us. He counted loudly from one to a hundred. During this time, my sisters and I hid in our secret hiding places. Mine was a wonderful hiding place. It was in the storage room of our garage. After counting to a hundred, my father yelled, "Ready or not, here I come!"

I tried desperately not to laugh. I was confident that my father would never find me. Of course, he never did. He was never able to find my sisters or my mother either. After a half an hour or so, my father would yell, "Okay. I give up. Come out! Come out wherever you are!" We were so proud of ourselves. This was a game we could win against our "all-knowing" father. We played this game many times with him. Each time, he was unable to find us.

After my sisters and I were all grown up, we confronted our aging father. He was watching television with a can of Budweiser beer in his hand. We had asked him if he had enjoyed playing "Hide-and-Seek" with us. He replied that it was his favorite game to play with us when we were kids.

The reason why he was never able to find us was this. After he had counted to a hundred, he went back into the house and went to sleep or watched a football game on television. He never really tried to look for us! This game was a way for him to enjoy his own free time away from his wife and from us. Although he loved us and our mother dearly, he confessed that sometimes fathers needed "a break."

After hearing his confession, my sisters and I realized how clever our father was. He was able to elude us all the times we had played "Hide and Seek." Actually, it was he who did all the hiding.



"Hide and Seek"

子供の頃、私は姉や妹と"Hide and Seek"という遊びをするのが大好きでした。アメリカのこの遊びは日本の"かくれんぼ"に似ていますが、隠れる人はできるだけ音を立てずに隠れていなければなりません。仮に物音でも立てようものなら、すぐに見つけられてしまうからです。日本では、子供達が隠れた場所を見つけた後で、"もういいよ!"って叫びますが。

7才位の頃の思い出です。姉や妹たちと(時々、母も入ったりしましたが)裏庭で、父も交えて"Hide and Seek"をしようということになりました。父が、皆を探すオニの役を進んで引き受けてくれました。1から100まで数える、父の大きな声が聞こえます。父が数えている間、全員秘密の隠れ場所に身をひそめます。私には、とっておきの隠れ場所がありました。それはガレージの貯蔵庫です。"もういいかい?行くよ!"

私は笑いたいのを、必死でこらえていました。絶対、父に見つからないという自信がありました。もちろん見つかったことは一度もありません。家族で誰も、父に見つかった者はいないのです。30分かそこら経つと、父の大きな声が聞こえます。"もう降参だ。出ておいで! 今いる場所から出ておいで!" 全員勝ち誇った顔で、出て行ったものです。何をやっても父にはかないませんでしたが、この遊びだけは唯一勝つことができました。幾度となくこの遊びをしましたが、一度たりとも父が私たちを、探し当てたことはありませんでした。

私たちが大人になって、年齢を重ねた父と面と向かい合った時のことです。父はバドワイザーの缶ビールを片手にテレビを見ていました。自分たちと一緒に遊んだ"Hide and Seek"が楽しかったかどうか、聞いてみました。"お前たちが子供の頃、一緒に遊んだ中で、最高の遊びだったよ"という答えが返ってきました。


これを聞いて、やっぱり父の賢さにはかなわないなと、皆で再認識しました。父は私たちと"Hide and Seek"の遊びをする度に、姿をくらますことができたのです。実際には、オニの役ではなく、隠れる側になっていたのは父だったのです。
(Translated by Yumiko Ono)

We Had So Much Fun!

Hello Ecole Hibari Readers!

Eleven children participated in Ecole Hibari's Fun with Science Tour on March 26.

Throughout the excursion, our children had to answer special questions (in English) about each exhibition in their "Ecole Hibari's Fun with Science Tour" booklets.

Below is a photograph of what one of the students had done in Exhibition 4, Life and Environment.

Her task was to draw something in this particular exhibition room that she liked the most.

I think that "tadpoles" are cute, too, don't you?





今週の水曜日3月26日は、Event Dayのため全クラス休講となります。

Flora Emi

Good Evening Readers.

I would like to introduce to you one of my students. Her name is Emiko Harada.

Let me tell you a little about her. She is a master in her craft, which is flower arrangement. She is excellent at what she does!

I went to her exhibition today at Kotesashi Towers. I was amazed with all the exhibits that Emiko's students had displayed.

The artificial flowers were unbelievable! I had to touch them to be sure that they were not real.

If you have time between March 20 to March 23, I highly recommend that you "check out" the Flora Emi Exhibition.

You will not regret it!

Good night.



Have you heard of the song, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams?

I think this is a song that we all ought to be singing. Whenever I hear it, I feeling like dancing.

On March 26, Ecole Hibari will be having its Fun with Science Tour. There will be two staff members, two teachers, and eleven children going to Tamarokuto Science Center.

On this tour, we at Ecole Hibari will be expressing our "happiness" to the children like Pharrell Williams had done in his music video.

Be happy!



I remember a peaceful time in my life when I was twelve years old.

I had a friend (I wish I could remember his name) who had a tree house in the back of his house in Hawaii.

My friends and I would spend hours playing in it. We enjoyed playing card games while eating "peanut butter and jelly" sandwiches that had been prepared by our parents. We had no worries at all. We were "just being kids."

"Those were the good old days." This expression is used when we remember a wonderful time in our lives that we would like to experience once again.

I hope that you will be able to say this expression one day -- when you reflect upon your life, here, at Ecole Hibari.

Good night.



Wow! Did You Know That?

Until around the mid-1500's, it was a tradition to begin the New Year with a week-long celebration. There was a big party.

The calendar was different then. The new year began on March 25. During that time, the annual party would then begin on April 1.

In 1582, a new calendar was instituted, making January 1 the New Year.

The people who had forgotten and still showed up to celebrate on April 1 were called, "April Fools."

Hello Readers.

The above is an explanation of why we have April Fool's Day in America.

In April, be aware of a friend who tells you anything that "does not make sense" to you.

When he yells, "April Fool's," do not get upset. Laugh with him!

"Laughter" is the best medicine.

See you tomorrow.


Words of Inspiration

Hello Readers.

March is a busy time for many people in Japan.

Parents are worried about their children's entrance examinations; junior high school and high school children are studying for their tests; people with careers are busy getting ready for the new fiscal year.

Native English speakers would say, "I am running around like a chicken without its head."

This expression means that "there is much confusion because so many things are happening at the same time."

"Hang in there, folks! Life is great! Think positively. Dreams do come true."

Good night. We love you.

Ecole Hibari.


Easter Eggs

I enjoyed Easter when I was a child. My parents and relatives used to have Easter parties for my sisters, cousins, and me.

All the adults prepared the "Easter Eggs" by boiling the eggs. They then decorated each one by hand with food coloring. (This took many hours to do, but that did not matter. Our mothers and fathers loved us so much.)

The night before the event, the adults would hide the colored eggs in the yard. On the following morning, the fun began. The children had a race to find as many of the hidden eggs as possible.

The winner was the child who had found the most colored eggs.

You must be wondering what we had done with all the eggs that we had gathered.

We ate them, of course.

For the next two or three days, I had egg sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the end, I disliked eating those eggs, but I was fond of my Easter parties!

Easter is on April 20th. However, I was too excited to wait until then to write about it!

Happy Easter!





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