Winter Festival

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Spent the morning and most of afternoon at the schools winter festival – the winter version of summer’s “undoukai”. It was held at the ski hill, and the activities were designed for one parent to participate with child, and since Tomoe was along, I took the opportunity to ski, so missed most of the photo ops with just the kids playing.
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At the end there was a lottery drawing at with a ton of prizes, including 38 inch digital TV, and Nintendo Wee. The tickets were distributed as part of a game where everyone had to run out and grab tickets “hidden” in the snow with big red tags sticking out, so they were not really hidden, and it was not much of a treasure “hunt”, as it was suposed to be, but I don’t expect them to burry a big screen tv in the snow.
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The prize list is in the photo above next to the big “ringo head”, as Mona calls him. IN addition to the TV and the Nintendo, it included lots of outdoor gear, bags of rice, boxes of instant ramen, a season pass for the ski-hill, and a digital camera (suspiciously won by the guy who was drawing the numbers…hmmm…) In the end we didn’t even win a box of tissues – just a 10 yen piece of candy they called the “Try again next year” prize.
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