Thursday, April 14, 2011
I'm posting this photo of crocs store in Marui Annex, one of the many popular department stores in Shinjuku, because my baby sister just started high school this April.
It may seem like there's nothing in common. But here in Japan, when someone enters school, whether they took an entrance exam or not, we usually give them something we call "Nyu-gaku Iwai (入学祝い)," which translates to "Entrance Gift."
My baby sister took an entrance exam, passed, and started her new school year this month! (This was my big news!) We're all so proud of her, she's grown up so much! It seems she was just starting grade school yesterday and now she's a high schooler. Wow!
I wanted to give her a Nyu-gaku Iwai, as I couldn't fly in to see her entrance ceremony at school, so I called her up the other day to ask if there was anything specific she wanted.
When I started high school, I desperately wanted a cashmere Burberry scarf, which was what everyone wore with their high school uniforms at the time. (See here.) So I was trying to figure out what it is that high school kids now want...and she said:
She could have asked for pretty much anything and I would have gotten it for her...and she asks for crocs! I didn't know whether to be proud of her for being so simple or horrified at the thought of her wearing those rubbery things on her feet. I did remind her that they were the ugliest sandals in the world, and eventually would be the stinkiest, too. (My personal opinion, obviously.) But that's apparently exactly what she wanted...so I got her pair, got it gift wrapped, and send it off to her this week.
I hear how excited everyone is for the new school year, as I pass a lot of students in uniform chatting and laughing their way to school in the mornings, and it makes me smile. I hope my sister is chatting away with her new friends and enjoying the start to her high school days, too!