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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Japanese Rice Paddy Soccer

Hi - here's a fun video from MSN showing one Japanese school's initiative to get the children to play outside: Rice paddy soccer!

Only six children and 4-million rice saplings were killed in the four-minute game. Strangely, no one drowned.

Okay... I'm kidding, of course. I apologize for only having a link for the video, as MSN (and Viveo) aren't as forthcoming with providing coding to import a video to another platform. I don't blame them of course. I'm just lamenting the fact of what I can and can not do.

I find the whole excuse of just trying to get the kids outside a but laughable, as these kids probably aren't stuck inside playing games on their screens... and there's the fact that there are all these school club activities they can join because they have to.

Though these kids are in a school catering to grades 1-6... so I'm unsure if they have school club activities... but I bet they do.

I also bet they do phys ed more than once a week, too... unlike here in Toronto where physical education classes have been clawed back to a bare minimum of maybe once a week, but more likely less than that.

Plus now they won't let the kids outside if it's raining.

I don't want to do one of those grumpy old man routines, but back when I was a student (At the VERY SAME SCHOOL as my son), it didn't matter if it was raining, snowing, sleeting or hailing... I think they might have cut us some slack for lightning... but for all else, they made us go outside for recess and lunch, just so the teachers could get some time to grab a coffee or snort some anti-depressants.

I admire the Japanese school for allowing the kids play in the rice paddy mud like this... and I admire the Japanese farm family that allowed it to occur!

Andrew Joseph

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