I thought when I left America, no school or books would I see. But when I arrived, Yoyogi School was ready and waiting for me. Three cheers for Yoyogi School, the best you'll ever see, In the land of the Rising Sun, and the blooming Cherry trees.
Yoyogi (pronounced yo-yogi as in Yogi Bear or Yogi Berra) School was an school located in Tokyo for American Military dependents. The school song (the words are written above) was written by one of the teachers just before I started attending. We traveled on a bus to Yoyogi School where we had American teachers. But along with the regular subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic, we learned about Japanese culture. We had classes in origami, where we learned to fold small pieces of colored paper into objects such as cranes; We had a Japanese flower decoration class where we learned the basic ideas of the simple flower arrangements made by Japanese; We learned basic Japanese holidays and why they were celebrated; We learned some basic Japanese words; And we had field trips to Japanese temples and a silk factory. I loved it.
I was in the fifth grade and I was blooming. I was continued to learn that I was fairly good at drawing and writing, two subjects that I loved. I decided I was going to be a Fashion Designer when I grew up and designed clothing for my dolls and paper dolls. I made a doll house from a wooden box and made furniture for it. And I got a new Japanese style bicycle, so I was able to get around Jefferson Heights very quickly. Life was good.