Emily and Masaki have recently started athletics. It is great because it is only once a week (and sometimes only twice a month) and they aim to teach them the basics while having FUN - a bit of an unusual concept in the sporting world here. What's even better about it is that it is on GRASS. Anyone who hasn't lived in Japan may wonder why that is unusual, but the standard surface for school grounds etc. here is hard dirt - not exactly the most conducive surface for injury prevention! But of course because the grass is always greener on the other side... the grass they practice on is beside an artificial grass surface (top picture) that looks and feels so much nicer and softer than the real thing .. But, of course that grass surface is only for looking at and they are not allowed to go on it.....gotta love Japan and their rules!