Yesterday was the big reveal.
Amy and Lena got their ears pierced while in New Zealand. Both of them had wanted it done the last time we went, but they chickened out, then we ran out of time, so they both made me PROMISE that it would be the first thing we did when we got there.
It very nearly was! They were done on the first day, but after a nap and a swim. Of course you have to wear them for six weeks to ensure they heal properly, and that six weeks was not up when the first day of school rolled around, so we had to risk it.
Earrings are quite risque in Japan, banned in schools and considered inappropriate for children. So it was a long-shot that we would get away with it.
Amy's teacher told her to take them out. When Amy said she literally couldn't (she couldn't pull the tightly wedged butterfly off) she got right in her face and told her in no uncertain terms that she could NOT wear them to school
Lena was also told off, and told she may as well let them heal over, as earrings were banned in Junior High School.
So, everyone who told me their kids got theirs done and it was no big deal, that obviously doesn't apply here.
Kanji had a PTA meeting tomorrow, and is wondering if it will come up. He's preparing to tell them we had it done because it's NZ culture - all the girls their age have them done. But that we will follow the rules and not wear them to school. Sigh. Which means a daily fuss with the removal and re-piercing each afternoon at 4pm.
Right now I would really love Japan to get a big dose of that political correctness Westerners moan so much about, and allow my girls to wear their 'culturally appropriate' accessories. And those of you safely ensconced in your home culture, don't fuss when Indian girls wear a nose ring, and Maori kids wear a bone necklace and Muslim girls wear a head-scarf. Just let them be.
Edited to add these photos:
I saw the clear studs last year, and while I forgot to buy them when I got back, we rushed out to get them yesterday after the big telling-off. However, it's still clear and plainly obvious that there is something in their ears, and I think it would just be too defiant of them to just turn up at school the next day with earrings still in, only just a little smaller... we'll sneak them in later on when all the fuss has died down.
For now, we have these: kind of like a toothpick, plastic, you put it through the tiny hole in the bottle of disinfectant then through the earring hole to clean it. I figure if we do this every afternoon and replace the studs for overnight, we can get the holes healed, and maybe sneak the clear studs through in a month or so.