Walking One Mil for Little Picnic


Musa had his first picnic with his kindergarten friends and teachers today. This picnic was called engai (園外) which is literally out of garden (園 refers to ‘kindergarten’). It’s a simpler version of ensoku (遠足), another common term in Japanese kindergarten life, which means “excursion”, a more serious and farther trip that usually needs guardian to accompany the kid.

For this little picnic, the kids have been prepared since a week before by doing simulation. One day, they were brought to walk around the kindergarten. In another day, the teachers asked the parents to bring the kids lunch without box and necessary equipment such as waterproof mat, plastic bags, plus wipes. At that time, the rain was falling, so they moved simulation location from school yard to the classrooms, Musa and friends were practiced to:

  • unfold and fold the mat
  • open their bento (in onigiri wrap or sandwich wrap, whatever foods without box) and eat without table
  • cleaning their hands without water
  • put everything, including the water bottle, to be fit into their school rucksack (usually they put more stuffs in a tote bag)

How was the Day-D? The result was awesome!

I checked the map to where they go. It’s a big park with famous temple nearby one mil away from Musa’s school. Looking the days before when Musa always refused to practice walking every time we hung out, I doubted Musa would be able to walk as that long for this picnic. Moreover, one of his class teachers reported that in the simulation day, Musa asked to be carried because he’s tired. However, he made to walk all the way by himself in this real picnic. Wow! Proud of his spirit. I knew it’s hard for him to reach the finish line in the middle of cold air… but, yeah, good job, Musa!

Evidently, his fight wasn’t over as they arrived at the picnic location. After doing the activities (collecting donguri, eating, playing in the playground, etc.), on the way to picking-up location, Musa fell down and his cheek bumped the rough road 😦

See the videos on my IG post below for listening to Musa’s confession about the chronology 😀

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Piknik anak-anak kicik dan hasilnya.. Haha. 頬のキズははじめての #園外保育 のおみやげとして持って帰えちゃった 😂 Proud of #musaromas for his struggle today in the kindergarten picnic debut! He never wanted to walk more than a half kilometer, but the destination (a park near famous temple of Ota City, Tokyo) was one mil away from his school and all kids had to walk on their own feet, plus more steps from the park to the temple where the parents picked them up👏 👉🏻 Swipe for the videos I interviewed Musa after accident which gave him a cheek mark 🙈 … #bentomusa hari ini simpel karena nggak boleh bawa kotak, jadi dianjurkan makanan yang bisa dipegang tangan seperti onigiri dan sandwich. Musa bawa dua biji onigiri model sushi balls pake telur dadar dan timun + sandwich gulung yang dibuat dari selembar roti tawar berisi chicken kebab, lettuce, dan timun. Selain makanan utama ini, ada juga snack (oyatsu) berupa jeli. Habis semua alhamdulillah. … Bawaan piknik hari ini (tikar untuk duduk, bekal, botol minum, tas kresek) semuanya dimasukkan ke ransel, jadi tasnya cukup satu, nggak serempong biasanya. Sebelum hari-H piknik, minggu lalu Musa dkk. dilatih jalan kaki keluar sekolah dan main piknik-piknikan di halaman sekolah buat ngelatih fisik dan ngetes kemampuan anak dalam hal menggelar dan merapikan tikar, berpanas-panas ria, makan tanpa meja, buang sampah pada tempatnya, dsb. Orang tua pun dikasih surat edaran yang isinya detil piknik dan anjuran untuk melatih anak. Maka, weekend kemarin, Musa simulasi lagi di rumah. Mama bikinkan bento yg sama persis, dia coba buka plastiknya, cara makannya, bersihin tangan pakai tisu basah, dan merapikan sampah. Kelihatannya sepele ya? tapi buat anak 3-4 tahun itu sesuatu banget. Dari situ Mama tahu Musa masih kesulitan buka tutupnya jeli, jadi hari piknik jelinya udah dibuka dan ditutup lagi pakai plastic wrap. … Much lessons learned by both me and him! … #幼稚園の遠足 #schoolpicnic #sekolahdijepang

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