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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