It will still be next year (hopefully) but I might forget it so I’m writing about it now. Next Japan school year, April 2011, we plan to go to Japan for vacation and intend to enroll Pristine in a school there for a month. It would be a great time for her to learn about the language, the culture and possibly develop friendships from boys and girls of her age there. It’s nothing permanent, we’ve heard a lot of Japanese expat families do this so the children can be reconnected to their birth countries.
She’s open to the idea and embraced it with gusto. I’m glad M brought this topic up as I’ve been a little concerned how Pristine would grow up not knowing half of what she is. We came to Dubai when she was still 3 years old and now, after we passed our three year mark in Dubai, it can be told that she has spent more of her life here than there. She speaks the language here, have friends here but have always wanted to understand all about animes, chopsticks, sumo and Japanese literature. I listen to and sing a Japanese song and she tugs my shirt, “I want to learn and sing with you, mom.”
I hope she will enjoy her time and get to know and love Japan like I do.
*Pristine is the one standing in the middle or 4th child from the left and right. 🙂