Is it time?
Not yet. The launch is at three.
Let’s play a card game.
We’re watching a video.
It’s my favorite soccer channel.
Can I join you? Shunta, you can play with Kenny.
This soccer channel is really exciting!
I watch it for research sometimes.
Huh? Uh-oh. It’s not working.
That’s strange. What’s wrong?
Oh, I know. The battery’s dead.
No problem! You can plug the cord into me.
Wow! The rocket is heading for space!
Look at all the light and smoke! It’s so… beautiful!
Aaron, are you crying?
I’m just… moved. Me、too。It’s amazing!
Me, too! It’s an unforgettable sight.
Shunta, what are you doing?
I’m texting my dad.
Oh! About the rocket launch?
Please tell him thank you for me!
Sure! But Tama, you can tell him yourself tonight.
Oh, no! Where is it?!
What’s wrong, Tama?
My special fork.
Oh, your sword-fork?
Correct. It was on my belt at lunch. Now it’s gone.
We can find it, Tama. Let’s ask around!
Oh, your special fork? I’m sorry. I don’t know.
I do! It was in the gym!
Were you in the gym, Tama?
Correct! I was there for dodgeball at recess!
I’m sure it’s still in the gym.
I don’t see it. How about you, Mia?
I wasn’t in the locker room.
Oh, no. Where is it?
Aha! Let’s go to the school broadcasting studio.
We can ask everybody!
Oh! Great idea!
Attention, students. This is Tamazaemon. My special fork is missing. Please…
Tama! Is this your fork?
Correct! It’s my very special fork! Where was it?
In the Kendo Club room.
Ah! Because it’s sword-shaped!
Thank you! What a relief!
Good for you.
How about this one?
Mom’s eyes are closed.
Oh. This one?
My smile isn’t good.
I like this photo.
That is a nice one!
Okay! Now let’s write a message.
Start with “Dear Grandma and Grandpa, how are you?
How’s this? “We all really enjoy Japan. School here is great. Mom often cooks Japanese food. Dad’s soccer team looks good this season. We can’t wait to see you! With love, The family.”
Look! It’s a card from Betty in New York!
Let’s see! It says, “Happy Holidays and Best Wishes!” It’s a Christmas card.
“Please, don’t worry about us. Tora and I are very well.”
Oh, Betty! I miss you!
It’s a New Year’s card for my friend.
It’s in Japanese. What does it say?
It says, “Happy New Year.”
What’s that drawing? Is it a dog？
No, it’s a boar! Next year is the Year of the Boar.
Hello, guys. Are you shopping?
L L, L.. Luna! We’re buying cleaning supplies.
In Japan, we clean the house before New Year’s.
After that, we decorate the entrance and prepare soba.
Wow, you’re so busy!
New York has a huge countdown every New Year’s Eve.
Oh, yeah! It’s really famous.
Correct. People come from around the world for it.
That sounds fun!
Come and see it anytime! I can show you around New York.
The color red is good luck in Italy.
Oh! Let’s buy something red for our grandparents!
How about these stylish red socks? They have a rocket pattern.
Perfect! This city is famous for its rocket launch.
It’s so cold!
It’s so windy here. Take this. Mia What is it?
It’s a heat pack. It warms you up.
Thank you, Shunta!
Well, see you next year!
Good luck with cleaning!
Have a Happy New Year!