This Saturday my daughter is participating in her Japanese School’s annual Undoukai/ うんどうかい (Sports Day) for the first time. We are so excited! I am almost more excited than my kids… the last time I participated in an undoukai, I looked like this:
Haha… I look so wanpaku／わんぱく.
An undoukai is like a mini-Olympics for kids. One of the events my daughter will be participating in with her preschool classmates is a bonodori ／ぼんおどりdance. They will be dancing to the song “Mottainai Baasan／もったいないばあさん” which is based off of this book (I think it’s about a grandma who warns you to not be wasteful). Anyway, it is a CUTE little dance and easy to learn. You should try it!
They are going to be wearing jinbei’s ／じんべい made out of garbage bags and duct tape. Can’t wait to see them! She’s also going to be participating in some races, ball-throwing, etc. I’m not an expert on undoukai so I’ll tell you more about it after this weekend. In the meanwhile, you can learn more about undoukai by following these links:
1. All about Undoukai from allabout.co.jp (in Japanese): Learn how to get the best pictures, making a special bento box for undoukai, see cool pictures of undoukai, etc.
2. Want to know what kind of music is played at a undoukai? This undoukai dance music CD from Amazon.com looks fun. You can listen to a sample of each of the songs.
3. Kotoba.littlestar.jp has some printable machigai-sagashi worksheets (find the mistakes).
And here is a video of what an undoukai looks like:
Have any of you ever participated in an undoukai? What is your favorite event?