Friday, December 9, 2011

Extended Family Lunches In Sapporo

14th August, 2010 - One of the fun things about returning to Japan is that L-kun gets to experience more of an extended family... something we don't really have much of here in Australia. And part of that is visiting our T-chan's Auntie-S with her grandchild... let's call him S-kun. I'm not so good on family trees, but I'm guessing that makes S-kun a 2nd or 3rd cousin...

And of course - there's lots of fun to be had... watching TV is a universal enjoyment for children (of all ages). L-kun only takes a day or two to get back into the swing of watching Japanese TV. And it was good that T-chan's parents would often send us tapes of his favourite children's TV programs.

Not to mention playing ball - hiding balls - or otherwise creating havoc.  But it's nice to visit, as though we have plenty of friends (especially mixed Aussie-Japanese families) here in Adelaide, we don't have any family with children. So family gatherings are nice to see. Even if they do occur only once or twice a year. And L-kun  and S-kun seemed to get along very well (even if there's nearly two years difference between them).

I never get the feeling that L-kun has too many difficulties with fitting into which ever country's children scene. That's the great thing about young children. Doesn't matter where you come from, what language you speak, or what you look like. Children are pretty well much accepting of everyone - until we as parents/society start messing things up.

And the one thing about Auntie-S is that when you go there for a light lunch, you end up coming back a lot heavier than when you arrived. Her lunches are sugoi! Always lots of yummy food - hand-made and much sourced from her own garden as well! And L-kun loves Auntie-S a lot (coz she just lavishes attention on to him).

That's a lot of work Auntie-S... arigatou!

PS - and now we have twin cousins as well... things are getting busy!


  1. We are in the same boat with our extended family back in Gifu, Japan. It always amazes me how quickly our little one picks up on Japanese and fitting in back in Japan in such a short amount of time.

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  2. That was just LUNCH?!? I'm inviting myself over next time. I can babysit. =P

  3. J_A - it's a common story for people that have international families.... and like most things there's an upside and a downside. It's certainly a good thing to see children adjust, though I think it gets more difficult, and as parents we need to be more vigilant that they continue to feel comfortable too.

    Jenny - you're more than welcome. How about sometime in the New Year.... the commute's a bit of a bummer, but it wss a nice lunch.