I was planning to keep the beard, at least for a few weeks while I started school. Let the kids see what a beard looks like (not many people in Japan can grow a beard).
The problem is, I am taking the drivers test, another time and hopefully the last time. Since beards in Japan aren't as accepted as certain places of the US, I am considering shaving it off. Appearance might matter just a little more on this last occasion. This means that the kids won't see my beard.
Thats ok I guess. There will always be other opportunities.