Little Brother needs to take a bucket to school tomorrow. We didn't have one to spare so we bought this one at the 100 yen shop (like your dollar stores). Fifth graders will grow rice in a bucket. First graders grow morning glories and second graders grow sunflowers in flower pots. We can't remember what they grew in third grade, but last year fourth graders grew goya . That's an interesting looking vegetable from Okinawa. It's worth a picture. It's very bitter tasting and it's good for your health.
He also needed a new notebook for school. They use these for each subject. This one is used for sending notes from teacher to parent or vice versa. He also writes down assignments in it. When a student is absent, his parent must write a note to the teacher in this notebook explaining the illness. The notebook and homework sheets are then put in a plastic zipper case. It is given to a friend who usually walks to school with the child. The friend takes it to the teacher. After school, the friend brings the notebook back to the sick child with the day's assignment and a note from the teacher. At the beginning of the school year everyone signs a paper saying who is responsible to do this for you.
P.S. May 19th, Little Brother said everyone brought the same kind of bucket from the 100 yen shop.