Mayken, we thank you for the birthday wishes! Roy was happy to see your lively greetings! ("How does it move?" he wanted to know.)
How do children celebrate their birthdays in Japan?
Roy: We eat cake and celebrate and get presents. And then it's over.
Lulu: We eat sekihan.
[Adam's note: This kind of "red rice" is called sekihan and is a traditional food for celebrations, though this doesn't mean it's always eaten on birthdays. Basically, kids in Japan celebrate their birthdays in much the same way as many other children in the world. As an American, though, I can tell you that the Japanese cakes are rather different from what I grew up eating on my own birthdays. In Japan, the cakes are light and topped with cream; they don't use the sort of sugary icing found on American cakes that makes your teeth rattle. (Though, personally, I kind of miss those teeth-rattling cakes...)]
Mayken, we'll have to figure out a creative way for our daughters to share in their birthday celebrations this year! (Lulu also has the same birthday as her favorite teacher at school!)
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Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
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Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9