Kindergarteners playing in the snow during an outing on February 10th, 2016

Original Japanese written by  staffer 
The English below translated from the original Japanese by Heeday
The English translation edited by Rev. Dr. Henry French, ELCA 

On Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, the kids of St. Paul’s Kindergarten went on an outing to play in the snow at a facility called “Kokuritsu Bandai Seishonen Koryu no Ie” (National Youth Fellowship House of Bandai) located in Inawashiro Town, in northern Fukushima.

When they arrived, they found more snow drifts than they expected and were overjoyed. The snow storm soon ended, thank heavens.

Two of the kindergarten classes, Sakura (Cherry) and Tanpopo (Dandelion), made snowmen and “played mommies” using the kindergarten’s shovels.IMG_2392

Two others, Momo (Peach) and Hikari (Light), rode sleds and played with playground equipment shaped like a tube, a rounded triangle, and etc. Some of the kids had wild slides down a slope.IMG_2780

They had a snowball fight too. They grabbed some snow and threw it at each other, having great fun.IMG_2786

The older boys were absorbed in making “snow sculptures.”IMG_2790

This program provided them with a very happy time as they played in the snow with their instructors under the clear blue sky. Exhausted, the kids were all fast asleep on the bus ride home.IMG_2795