Tomorrow Y starts school, her second 'semester' of fourth grade.
In Japan, the new school year starts in April. In September, students go back to the same grade they were in before summer vacation.
Today we went to get last minute school supplies that she needed, like:
a fude brush for calligraphy, a shita-jiki (the soft pad to put under the thin paper when writing with a brush), sumi (ink), some individual tubes of water color paints that she ran out of , and a na-ma-e pen (an oil-based pen to write her name on all her things).
At the cashier, I told the perfectly attired saleswoman that we didn't need a bag, and pulled out a pink tye-dyed ---and slightly wrinkled--eco bag. She looked at the items and looked at my bag and said, bara bara de...?
by which she implied, something like "are you really going to just plop all those things in there, as is, without carefully wrapping the paints together in a small separate package..."
Yes, I said, and I gathered up the items and plopped them in the bag!
Later I told my daughter I think my heart is most happy when I can just be bara bara...
I can't tell you exactly what the word means, and may not be using it 'correctly', but my sense is it refers to leaving things to be in the jumble of how they naturally occur.
Enjoy today, however it arises...!
Joanne Gover Yoshida, Aikawarazu Life in Japan