Like for Halloween in October, I pulled another volunteering double-header. In the morning, I volunteered at my friend Misaki’s conversation class’s Christmas party. I dressed up as Mrs. Claus and helped out with games and crafts. The kids seemed to be having a really good time, so I hoped they had fun.
Then Misaki graciously offered to drive me to my next gig. It was on to Nobeoka for volunteering at the library. I read a bunch of Christmas books and sang a few songs, but I was so burned out from the previous few days that the whole thing is kind of a hazy. (I almost fell asleep standing off to the side of the room a few times during the day.)
After the reading thing, my friend John and I headed to the mall to look for holiday presents. I participated in a massive online secret Santa through a website called Imgur, so I had to pick up things for my match. The information I got on my match said that she liked cooking, learning about new languages and cultures, and sports. So I got her a kitchen towel covered in Daruma dolls, a calendar with pictures of Mt. Fuji and covered in kanji, a tenugui, and a small kendama toy. Included with each item was a small information card that I wrote explaining the cultural significance of each thing.
Though the present hasn’t arrived yet, I’m looking forward to my giftee’s reaction. I hope she enjoys it and I’m glad I participated in the project.