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 daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9