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If our kids are growing without a nice and thoughtful heart, that is pretty sad. If that happened, it might be because they were growing up without a chance to meet people who have a thoughtful mind. This is also a sad situation for our society because we might be losing our kindness of human nature. And unfortunately, these chain reactions show up on weak people like kids as a negative chain.
By the way, I think we have both ‘egoism’ and ‘altruistic’ in our mind, and I would say that ‘altruistic’ means having wide vision and being able to make the right decisions. And you can also say that’s a thought that ‘good for others’, so it’s easier to get somebody else’s help. Furthermore, people who have this sort of mind think of others and even live for others, so they can find a purpose in their lives and can feel comfortable in their heart.
I think ‘thoughtfulness’, ‘kindness’, ‘geniality’… these words have in common with ‘altruistic’. So why do we start up with making a good environment to bring up the kids’ hearts at school and home?
January 20 is called “Daikan” in Japan and is considered to be the coldest day of the year. It also means that once it is over, the spring is near. However, there has been a lot of snow in Japan recently, and spring still seems far away.
If you look around the world, we see a lot of abnormal weather like heat waves in south western parts of the U.S. and India, heavy rain in southern part of Thailand and Chinese Yangze River, and cold waves in central Europe through western Russia. They were thought to be caused by global economic activities, El Nino (where the sea-surface temperatures rise), and La Nina (sea-surface temperatures decrease).
For our school, snow fall and snow accumulations are enemies to our academic activities. In fact, since the year end, there have been snow forecast three times in a row, with two of them actually causing moderate snow fall and snow accumulations, forcing us to adjust our schedule. I have heard that these were just the beginning winter activities and the snow here is much heavier.
Looking at the sky reproachfully, we are so looking forward to the spring.
Our culture is filled with many traditions, especially around New Year’s. In Japan, all the items related to toshigami such as the New Year Decorations or the lucky charms are never thrown away but are collected at shrines and burned at the beginning of January, in a ritual fire. Households with children decorate Bamboo grass with colorful strip of paper. They burn Bamboo around their community from the evening of Jan. 14th through the morning of Jan. 15th. They make Adzuki-Bean gruel with Bamboo charcoal and eat it to wish a safe and healthy new year. Please take some time to talk with your children about New Year Traditions and fun games of your hometown.
We are now at the beginning of a new year! It is interesting how an artificial construct like the New Year reinvigorates us with renewed enthusiasm and goals. However, I believe that it is important not to just freshly start from scratch but to also to take the past into consideration. Learning from the past is not just about reminiscence. It is important to come up with concrete steps to achieve your goals for the New Year. In other words, using your past experiences as a foundation, it is important to clearly establish what is necessary for the successful accomplishment of your goals. With persistent hard work, I am sure that all of you will have a bright future ahead.
本日、補習校は雪のため止む無く休校となります。 本日予定されていた授業、イベント、委員会等は全てキャンセルとなります。 補講日などのスケジュールに関しては別途お知らせいたします。 どうか、ご理解の程よろしくお願いいたします。 12月17日 フィラデルフィア補習校校長 河原貞雄 Due to bad weather conditions, the school will be closed today and all classes, events will be canceled as well. Further information including a supplementary date for the canceled classes and events will…