Like every year, the first day of culture festival is spent entirely in the gym watching performances. This year was no different. There was a dance performance, the English speech students performed, the 2nd years showed the commercials for the stores they operated the next day, and all the teachers struggled not to fall asleep in our chairs.
The student council always chooses a kanji (Chinese character) as a theme for the festival. This year it was 轍, though I’m still not really sure why. As far as I can tell, that character means rut or wheel track. There must be some idiomatic or colloquial meaning that I’m missing. Regardless, this year the council presented it by having two members of the calligraphy club paint it on a giant piece of paper with brushes that are basically modified brooms.
Meanwhile, a random collection of characters danced in front of them.
After that, we got on with the rest of the day’s performances. There were a few dance performances, including one surprise one with two students randomly pulled from the crowd (both are in the dance club but had no idea what was going on) where they danced with one of the Miyazaki prefecture’s mascots. The rock band also performed for a bit.
I have recently had a discussion with the teacher in charge of the dance club about why a few of the songs the students used probably should not have been used. I introduced her to the concept of clean versions of songs. We shall see what happens.
The day was good, despite how many times I almost fell asleep. Every year I understand more Japanese than the last and am therefore able to enjoy the culture festival a bit more.