January 17 is the anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. This 7.3 earthquake killed 6,500 people and left devastation throughout the city of Kobe. The island where the kids go to school is hosting a 5k Run/Walk in memory of this tragedy. The kids brought home a flier about this event and I had to smile and say "only in Japan".
Here is the agenda for the day:
9:30 Start registration
10:00 Offer a moment of silence
10:02 Opening speech
10:05 Demonstration how to use AED by Higashi-nada Fire Department
10:30 Warming up by good looking firefighters, then, start walking & running!
After completing walking & running, AMAZAKE (hot drink of light rice alcohol) will be served and some participation gift will be given.
For some reason the precise timing cracked me up. That is so typical of Japan. But what I found even funnier? "Warming up by good looking firefighters". I wonder what would happen back in the states if we put that on an event flier. I may have to host one just to find out.