Youth club in Kyoto-The Kasuga Gakudo Club

Yoann : we met japonese children in a youth club which is in a former school building. We spent some time in the playground with them, and I met Takaya ; he’s my friend now.

Titouan : we found a bumblebee, that we held in our hand. We learned a japonese ball game. Next day, we went back to the club and we spent the afternoon and had much fun with the children. Since it rained, we stayed inside.

Yoann : we played in a classroom together.
I drew a kanji on a board. It is used for japanese writing. A girl recognized it immediately, she said : « ie » which means « house ». A lady staying in our guesthouse but living in Taïwan showed it to me and said that it was the same sign in chinese.
We played at the «Pictionnary ».
We tried to play « Go».
We also made very nice origamis. Takaya showed me a game which is similar to our « feuille pierre sciseaux » (paper, stone, cisors). After a snack, Takaya left for his swimming lesson.

Titouan : I played with japanese children at building a castle with enormous cubes, and then we had fun at passing underneath.

Traduction en français

School year in Japan has started on april 8th. The children have a bit more than a month free, between july and august. Spring holidays for Sakura last at least 2 weeks. The dates of our stay did not give us much time to meet students. The teachers were too busy the first week to receive us. But we kept going on, and decided to meet children in a youth club.

Despite our very poor japanese, the staff of the « Kasuga Gakudo Club » understood well our project of sharing time with the children, and welcomed us immediately with great simplicity. Eko was very kind and helpful. Thanks to her « smartphone » and the translation function, we could communicate easily. Our boys spent a lovely afternoon, they shared games with the children of the club : writing on the board, musical chairs, origamis, Pictionnary.

Since we have left Marseilles, Yoann and Titouan have been playing the Go » game, which is a strategy game originated in China 2500 years ago. Go game was spread very early in Japan, then all over Asia. But during our trip in Japan, we can see that it is not so well known by japanese children.

Yoann and Titouan keep in touch with Takaya, 7 years. Takaya’s mother was very happy to exchange adresses with us.

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