Having never done anything like this I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but right from our initial email conversations Caleb was extremely welcoming and informative.
We even met up the evening prior of the event just to quickly go over the timeline for the morning and I was also given clear instructions on how to get to the local park where we would be meeting.
The morning of the event the girls and I easily made our way to ‘Octopus Park’ where we were met by Caleb, Cindy and their daughter Celina.
While Caleb & Cindy set things up for the arrival of the local families Celina & Eden played, while Clio, surprise surprise was crabby; in all fairness she wasn’t feeling well this particular day.
Once all the families had arrived (maybe around 8 total) Caleb got started with the program. First we introduced ourselves and Caleb encouraged the children and parents to ask the girls & I some questions in English, then the real fun started.
Caleb & Cindy had prepared several games and songs, in English, for everyone to join in with. Naturally some of the Japanese children were a little shy about practicing the new words but for the most part everyone participated and seemed to really enjoy themselves.
After about an hour we walked over to a nearby ballet studio for some inside games and more songs.
Towards the end of the second hour Caleb played some games in Japanese to allow Eden (and Clio if she actually participated) to learn a few Japanese words – which I still test Eden on 3 months later!
It was a unique experience and I am so pleased we participated in it. Eden especially loved getting to hang out with other kids; it always amazes me how language barriers aren’t really an issue for kids instead they communicate through laughter & play.
If you are heading to Osaka and think this might be something you want to get involved in I know Caleb would love to have you on board.
To find out more information & to get in contact check these links out…
Kids Travel Japan on Facebook
Kids Travel Japan website