Best Surprise Birthday Ever!

It was the last day before Winter Break at one of my schools today. Much to my surprise, the Grade Sixers sequestered me into the music room and sang, "Happy Birthday" to me!

And they presented two hand-written cards to me.

The Grade Fivers also sang HB to me.

After the lessons, Japanese Language Teacher at this school (who was sadly absent today) left a present for me.

R2-D2 had a couple of cookies and C-3PO has a few chocolates. (*BB-8 will have to wait.)

Her hubby even gave me a prezzie. Not really surprising since I'd heard he was a Star Wars fans and have given him a few gifts in the past.

It's a Stormtrooper bottle cap magnet!

At my afternoon school, my least participatory class of kids even decided to pay attention and learned Rudolph the RNR. While at that school, I received a message from a friend. Much to my delight, she had a ticket to the advanced screening of Star Wars The Last Jedi and couldn't use it herself. 
(*This is where the BB-8 tin went to. Don't tell Yvonne that she received a regift!)

So I sat in the second row of a sold-out viewing surrounded by Star Wars geeks, otaku and nerds. I felt vindicated. In the first row was a very very tall Chewbacca though, fortunately, he didn't sit in front of me.

Chewie gets all the babes.

Emo Phasma.

I don't think Po recognized the gang sign I flashed at him.

The Cinema shop was packed after the movie though I did manage to nab a few items from the concession stand beforehand. Such as this BB-8 Popcorn container.

And this Stormtrooper drink.

Most amazing of all is that the cinema gave everyone at the advanced screening a poster of the movie. But not just this movie, every single poster since 1977! (Except Rogue One, darn.)

Happy Birthday to me!!


Mo' Momotaro.

My Grade Sixers are getting ready to perform Momotaro, the folk tale of an old couple who find a boy in a peach (as was the custom at the time) and he grows up to fight some demonic Oni. (Click that link to familiarize yourself with the story.) The students have spent the last while making masks and practicing and the first group finished their performances today. Here are some of their masks.

This mask of Peach-Boy is one of my favourites, most of them are relatively standard.

It is reminiscent of Basil Wolverton. Who is that you may ask? Watch this and see.

Here are a few plain versions of the lad.

The masks of the Old Man and Woman are fairly dull, most kids just copied the couple from the textbook. When they vary, I'll show them off, such as these two.

Momotaro is accompanied by a monkey, a dog and a pheasant who really only tag along because he has fed them a kibidango. Here is a typical version of the trio.

And then they begin to differ from the text...

I encouraged them to use different animals and some of the kids got inventive.

The final cast members are the Oni. These creatures are both menacing and comical.

In addition to a giant peach, the students drew Onigashima (Oni Island), the home of the demons. Each island is slightly different, depending on the artists' whims.

I probably won't have any more performances until the new year. More pics then.


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