Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Logan Update

Logan-ism of the Week:  "When I said I wanted to move to Japan, I didn't know they spoke another language!"

In good news, Logan is surviving shogakko.  The greatest news of the week is that his teacher arranged to get him a Japanese tutor through Ota-ku (city we live in).  She started yesterday and  from what I gathered from our conversation, he enjoyed his time with her.  They will be meeting on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for 2 hours each day, during school.  The first hour they will work together one-on-one and then during the second hour she sits in class with him.  Hopefully we'll be able to get his Japanese up to a functional speed, so he can keep up with the kids in his class.  

He also has been subjected to a whole bunch of health in a Socialist country at its finest.  He had  to take a urine sample to school.  Took an eye exam.  Had a dental check. And had his butt checked for worms...see paper below.  I let Kurt handle acquiring that specimen...

Another funny Logan story - Starting in first grade in Japan the kids walk themselves to school and home from school...(lucky for me we live REALLY close to the school so I don't have to freak out about it).  Japan is a super safe country, but as a safety precaution each child is issued an emergency alarm thing to attach to their backpack, similar to the one pictured below.  If you pull the pin out it makes a really loud noise.  I guess we should have let Logan test it out at home, so he wouldn't have been tempted to pull it out at school...yep he did it.  Only the silly foreign kid would do such a thing.
Overall, Logan is having a great time and is starting to get into the swing of things.  He eats the lunch they serve him most days.  He enjoyed his first music class, but hasn't used his pianica yet.  And today they were digging in their garden at school. 

One more quick shogakko story - during the second week of school Logan wasn't feel well, so we kept him home one day.  We knew that we were supposed to call the school and let them know that Logan would be absent, however, we couldn't find the phone #.  So, Kurt decided to do the next best them, right?  Apparently that was WRONG!  An hour after school had started (I just had walked home from taking Kelsie to yochien), the principal showed up at our apartment with a translator to find out why Logan wasn't at school!!!  A little scary right?!?  It just so happened that it was the same week that a girl went missing on her way to school in Provo... It was all over the news and Facebook.  I actually was grateful that the school was so efficient.  If something had been wrong, we could have done something about it much sooner.

Just a couple pictures from our outing to Odaiba in the Gundham museum.

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