went with my friend haruka to her moms daycare today to visit her students. it was great fun. a huge old school way up in the mountains. just 7 really great kids, we played some english games and ate lunch together. for most of them, it was their first time seeing a foreigner. when i arrived they all introduced themselves and gave me the cutest little bows. the differences in this daycare vs. its american counter part were pretty amazing. first of all, every door and window in the building were wide open, free for anybody to come and go as they please, strangers in, students out, but it wasnt an issue. i thought it was cool that a stranger like myself was so welcome to come in for the day and hang out with the kids. when we were leaving i told haruka that if we were in the states, a stranger would not be allowed in, maybe only with the prior written consent of all the parents. even though the kids were only 3 and 4 years old, there was a ton of responsibility put on them. before lunch, the teacher told them to go to the bathroom and wash up, they all trotted in there alone, and got cleaned up, came and sat in their place and politely waited to start eating. after lunch they all brushed their teeth and got ready for nap time.
on the way home we stopped at this famous bridge. it runs over a river, and also acts as a canal. if you are lucky enough to be there at the right time, they pull the plug and water gushes from holes in the bridge down to the river.