At my karate club people call me Sensei, and my friends just call me Richard.


Kindergarten class starts again!幼稚園の空手教室再開!

The kindergarten Karate class started again this week. There are three 30 minute classes, one class for each grade; ages 3-4 first year (nensho), ages 4-5 middle year (nenchu) and ages 5-6 the senior, graduating year (nencho).


I always finish the very first class of the year for the nensho by reviewing the instructor's names. For example, a kindergarten teacher calls out my name or Kakiya Sensei's name, then the student has to run to the correct teacher. It's always cute when a student hears 'Kakiya Sensei', but runs to me, or vice versa.


Maybe the sign that I have finally assimilated into Japan is when a 3 year old hears a Japanese name and then runs to me thinking I'm Japanese.


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