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kyonoki - 京のキー It's Gojira! Run!

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京のキー It's Gojira! Run!

It's Gojira! Run!

I try to think back on my C of E primary school and imagine how it compares with the Japanese elementaries I work at. They are a kind of mixture between British primary and secondary schools... though a lot more recognisable than, say, junior high schools with their pseudo-Germanic, turn-of-the-century uniforms and American calender and timetabling. Elementary school at its heart is the same as when I was young, except with snazzier blazers. Maybe a little more anachronistic, though I am not saying this is a bad thing. There is regular morning exercises, parading to assembly and scrubbing down the school each lunch-time. It seems antiquated and endearing at the same time. Why shouldn't there be more exercise for our increasingly roly-poly nation, and why shouldn't students clean up their own mess? What truly bothers and bamboozles me, is the bizarre scheduling. At school I always studied to a fixed timetable. In Japan everything is adhoc and inexplicably complicated. 'Today's first class will be Thursday 4th period, the next class is cancelled, and after that two Monday afternoon classes, but in reverse order' and so on. The first two classes today were cancelled so all the students could run. There is no sports day, no marathon, no need for the sudden burst of exercise. Students were made to run because I suspect the school feels that anything approaching a normal timetable would be madness. Did I join them? I may not be fully awake at this time of day, but I am not mad. It looks like nothing so much as crowds fleeing from Godzilla. And just perhaps that is what they are training for.
  
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