きらきらぼし Kira Kira 

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Tuesday 8th November
  

You were five years old in 1990 when you began primary school in Australia; quite a difficult time, you did take a while to settle and feel comfortable in these new surroundings. You began with morning only sessions, and I would come and pick you up at lunchtime, then after a few months, you stayed at school all day, taking part in every activity.

Even in primary school, a foreign language was introduced, and as Japan was one of Australia’s largest trading partners, a rich cultural exchange existed within education. You loved nonsense sounds, and to you, the Japanese spoken word sounded funny and amusing.

Miss Fujiwara was your Japanese teacher, and you loved lessons with her. There was also a little girl in class called Nanako, from Japan too, who was quite shy and awkward, a little like you.

One of your tasks during the term was to learn the words of ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’, in Japanese. You were quite good at this, and learnt the rhyme off by heart.

Kira kira hikaru

きらきらひかる
Kira kira hikaru
おそらのほしよ
Osora no hoshi yo
まばたきしては
Mabataki shitewa
みんなをみてる
Minna o miteru
きらきらひかる
Kira kira hikaru
おそらのほしよ
Osora no hoshi yo


And you are my bright and twinkling star, up there beyond the clouds, close to the moon, flying gracefully with your Angel wings.

Such a sweet and innocent nursery rhyme that brings back memories of happy, family times. Watching you and your brother growing up, learning the ways of the world, making friends, having fun in a foreign, but oh so friendly country.

  

Fly high my Starman

Love you forever

Always have

Always will.

xxxxxx

18 responses »

  1. My children participated in Japanese cultural lessons as youngsters. In Tuscaloosa, AL-not far from our home- there was a JVC plant and our local university partnered with the plant to provide these lessons. They were charmed by the tea ceremony and the words as well. That’s a good memory. 🙂

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    • Ahhh, such a lovely story.
      Japanese culture, traditions and beliefs are fascinating and inspire harmony.
      Even stories of Samurai and Ninjas would spark Frank’s imagination.

      Hope you are well.
      x

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