Trick or Treat.
Just before lunch today the Mrs. informed me that the kids had been invited to a Halloween party this evening. Okay... I guess we need some costumes.
So after dinner and some last minute directions from the Mrs. (it is an orange house with a green roof somewhere near here on the map) we were off. Now by this point I had managed to squeeze a few more details from my betrothed and determined it was an English Language school English party. Originally the plan was to drop the kids off from 7:30 to 9:00 but the boy and girl were both too chicken to go it as a pair so I offered up my services. Grudgingly. It was everything I expected.
The teacher/owner of the school is a Chinese woman from Hong Kong who has lived in Kagoshima for the last 17 years. She is married to a Japanese man and has some elementary age kids. She was very nice. As expected I was asked to say a few words of greeting at the beginning. Then there were the usual excruciatingly painful games, "What is this picture?" (half the kids aren't listening, a quarter don't show any signs of comprehension). A third of the way through the games the boy decided he was done. Not fun. Also his silver cap was a total thermal trap. I had to open up the top like a fully popped pan of stove top popcorn. It helped. We made it to snack time. After that I gave another little speech about Halloween in Canada which Kiyomi did a very game job of translating. I answered some questions and then gave my little inspirational speech about learning English (ironically I give it in Japanese so people know what I am talking about). The junior high girls were paying attention. With that done we gave out some treats and called it a night. It is a great blessing that I do not teach Eikaiwa any more.