Winter School in severe winter
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Winter School in severe winter

Sapporo : Japan | Jan 07, 2011 at 8:24 AM PST
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Beer Number 61...Sapporo's Winter Beer

For three days, we are opening special winter school for double-cultured-kids at Welcome House of Sapporo Catholic Diocese.

First day, 6th, we had four kids, all Japanese-Filipino but today we had only two because of blizzard. To make thing worsen, all the oil stoves in the three storied bldg. were out of order; which were later found out of oil! Kids and big sisters (college students) evacuated to another building in the Cathedral premises. Around 3PM, the oil stoves were fixed and tomorrow it should be cozy again in the house.

Normally in December, we have much snow but this winter is strange. Less snow pile around the Christmas time and New Year's Day. It looks like getting to become a normal winter season. Maybe so?

At any rate, kids are all fine and enjoying their winter school life. The photo shows a brush calligraphy for the girl's homework from school. Her mom is a Filipino so I helped the kid (9) how to write her calligraphy in Japanese style. The Kanji characters read 'ichi (one) yo(sunshine) rai (coming) fuku(back) which means;

Winter ends and spring comes

A new year comes

After bad fortune, you are going to have blessings

The dessert on the same photo is 'Paritao,' a Philippine style pan cake. Very delicious!!

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Yoko Otake is based in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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