Japan's independent kids I The Feed

  • Опубликовано:  Год назад
  • By Western standards, Japanese culture emphasises independence and self-reliance from an extraordinarily young age.

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Комментарии: 483

  • YamiKisara
    YamiKisara Год назад +298

    I dunno, I'm from Central Europe and me and my classmates were walking alone to school since the second semester of our first grade. Not as far as that Japanese girl, or at least so it seems from her way description, but still. I think the reason so many people are driving their kids to school nowadays is convenience more than anything else

  • EBR
    EBR Год назад +3

    first

  • veer49
    veer49 Год назад +112

    I walked to school with my twin since we were 6 years old. before that my 12 y/o brother would walk us. When we were 10 we would travel to the other side of our city by taking 2 or 3 buses. when I was that age it wasn't that strange to do things on your own, but now my nieces school actually requires one of her parents to bring her every morning until she is twelve.

  • 1tropik
    1tropik Год назад +4

    a

  • Ariaditya Pramestu
    Ariaditya Pramestu Год назад +17

    How come nobody comments on this? And with such high number of viewers?

  • Lygar X
    Lygar X Год назад +195

    what if they covered up homocides and declare them to be suicides to artificially drive down the crime rate.

  • Daniel Pohl
    Daniel Pohl Год назад +1807

    From American prospective, I would be terrified to send my child to school that far alone.

  • Femke Vande Walle
    Femke Vande Walle Год назад +2509

    This kid is more independent than me... I feel like a middle-schooler-baby right now XD

  • SirAgravaine
    SirAgravaine Год назад +115

    Watching this I felt sort of terrified for Noe Ando, watching her walk all by herself. But then at the same time I remember trying to fight with my mom so I could walk to school with my brothers; we lived not even a mile away from our elementary school and there would be a virtual migration from homes in the area to the school, so it's not like we would have been isolated or anything.
    Children are definitely very sheltered now in Western societies.

  • Classified.
    Classified. Год назад +5

    kskdj

  • Nea Sanners
    Nea Sanners Год назад +9

    Remove the comments bro quick. ppl are gonna complain and say this isnt impressive.

  • Nea Sanners
    Nea Sanners Год назад +12

    No comments seriously?

  • DeJ Bi
    DeJ Bi Год назад +1568

    Westerners will kidnap or rape your kids. That's why we don't let our kids go anywhere on their own.

  • drsolari111
    drsolari111 Год назад +163

    Japan is also a homogeneous culture. The evidence is clear that cultural diversity and forced cultural integration increases in-group preferences and yields a higher mistrust of outsiders.

  • Trishana rowz
    Trishana rowz Год назад +129

    im too nurturing , protective and scared of the crazies in society to have allowed my child to be this independent. good for japanesse to allow their kids to blossom so well at a young age but i just couldnt

  • keyon gray
    keyon gray Год назад +31

    I didn't realize this was noteworthy

  • Lesslie Rivera
    Lesslie Rivera Год назад +4

    😀

  • Aj Paredes
    Aj Paredes Год назад +81

    4:35 the eyes tho 😍

  • mizzwanned
    mizzwanned Год назад +2

    Tyg

  • gab braule
    gab braule Год назад +68

    been going to school on my own since I was 7... once a guy tried to kidnap me. how do they make sure that doesn't happen?

  • Ivan Rivera
    Ivan Rivera Год назад +607

    japan seems to be a great country overall.

  • Jack Middleton
    Jack Middleton Год назад +423

    7:53 I love the Japanese hum.

  • Steven Gallanter
    Steven Gallanter Год назад +266

    American kids would be so, so traumatized.

  • manuluvsfifa
    manuluvsfifa Год назад +5

    so good, he is a good father , sugoi

  • Aby H
    Aby H Год назад +33

    meow

  • vanidar21
    vanidar21 Год назад +41

    I never had a long way to school when i was younger, that being said I started going to school by myself in the first grade. I'm from Germany btw.

  • TapTapCar0t
    TapTapCar0t Год назад +11

    Where are the comments? O.o

  • Benjamin Busche
    Benjamin Busche Год назад +40

    Does Australia have some thing where they don't like their kids going to school alone or something? It's not out of the ordinary over in the US for kids at the age of like 7 or 8 to be walking to and from school, or taking the bus. The only times this isn't really the case is if the family lives especially far from the school, or if the weather is especially poor for walking.

  • fthecorsage05
    fthecorsage05 Год назад +6

    Cool.

  • Hahduked
    Hahduked Год назад +46

    wth i have been walking to school and taking the train ever since i was a child to only in nyc i dont understand what the big deal is it is not to taboo for western standards jeeeeeez lol

  • patchesdf
    patchesdf Год назад +1740

    When I was seven I used to bike couple of miles to visit my friends in another town and no one ever thought twice about it.  If that happens today some parents would be charged with criminal negligence.

  • Ryuuken24
    Ryuuken24 Год назад +27

    Then people ask why so many people commit suicide in Japan, THIS is the reason.

  • Moixrockt 92
    Moixrockt 92 Год назад +7

    wow!

  • Amy Easter
    Amy Easter Год назад +51

    Emily is very pretty😍😍

  • tolebelon
    tolebelon Год назад +82

    A nicely well balanced presentation of both sides along with pros and cons of each.

  • anthony7666
    anthony7666 Год назад +1639

    it's great in Japan, but not in America. If the kid goes to school alone in America, would have disappear.

  • Syd Salad
    Syd Salad Год назад +65

    I wish the west was organized like Japan.

  • Syd Salad
    Syd Salad Год назад +26

    I wish the west was organized like Japan.

  • Tomhass
    Tomhass Год назад +6

    last

  • Mugen gurg
    Mugen gurg Год назад +21

    Yeah, that's why most of the people has been molested in young age. Sure, send them on an adventure of a lifetime. :)

  • Jani
    Jani Год назад +108

    Pedophiles dont exist anymore then... good for the world

  • ATomira
    ATomira Год назад +140

    5:27 LOL

  • MissVanilla
    MissVanilla Год назад +52

    I would have loved to go to school by myself when i was younger but my parents worried too much about the people out there and the possible dangers. I was about 10 or 11 years old when i started to go to school and back home by myself

  • Odile van der Stap
    Odile van der Stap Год назад +159

    I think its really good for kids to be so independent!

  • Marisa Kennedy
    Marisa Kennedy Год назад +814

    You can't really let kids younger than 7 go to school by themselves in America because they stick out like a sore thumb. It is considered polite, if you see a small child by themselves, to ask if they are okay or if they have lost their parents.

    My mom made me walk to school with a neighbor who walked his kids to school until 6th grade. Although I found out in high school that he was a drunkard child abuser who gave death threats to family members and others and was so hated by the time he died that they played "Highway to Hell" at his funeral. But you know, whatever gives parents peace of mind.

  • Galadok
    Galadok Год назад +8

    poop

  • Elodie Coquillat
    Elodie Coquillat Год назад +189

    Wow. I never went out alone until I was 11. My mom sent me to buy 500g of strawberries, kinda like a test and I was sooo stressed out about messing up. But I'm pretty sure I'd be just as stressed when letting my own kids go for the first time.

  • Jo
    Jo Год назад +2184

    wow!! its surprising to know Japan is safe enough for young kids to go on their own

  • caseymac MacL
    caseymac MacL Год назад +472

    Good grief! My son turned 18 a few months ago and I still worry when he's out on his own. I realize I'm hyper paranoid (he also has mild Asperger's) but I can't help it. At 7 there is no way I would have let him wander around on his own. These Japanese kids are amazing!

  • causeofcurse
    causeofcurse Год назад +4

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  • Om Joud
    Om Joud Год назад +59

    They are only considering traffic danger but what about crazy people and sex offenders , this is the majority of my concerns as a parent letting my kid leave the house alone ? The benefits of this kind of independence are way less than the danger issues that could occur, i find Japanese parents heartless to be honest

  • Juju jujuria
    Juju jujuria Год назад +14

    where are the comments?

  • jun phuc
    jun phuc Год назад +223

    cute kid

  • Ashilee Bowser
    Ashilee Bowser Год назад +53

    Amazing watch ! good to know japan is such a great place to raise kids. But having to adapt to their standards would be scary

  • Susan S
    Susan S Год назад +34

    My six year old could easily walk the 2 miles school each day. I wouldn't worry about her not being able to cross the road. I would never let her walk herself though, because some busy body would definitely call the cops or harass her.

  • Marla Singer
    Marla Singer Год назад +15

    Very interesting.

  • jammersss
    jammersss Год назад +283

    But why is this guy walking around like its the olden Japanese time. Is he being forced to wear only the kimono?

  • jammersss
    jammersss Год назад +38

    I'm american. I honestly don't find the whole riding the train at seven weird at all tbh.

  • Murmad Man
    Murmad Man Год назад +36

    holy shitt I wish my wife looks like that at 39

  • San Francisco Professor
    San Francisco Professor Год назад +45

    Google "free range kids." American families that let their little kids go to the park by themselves get reported to the police. And sometimes with good reason.

  • OtakuGamingFreak
    OtakuGamingFreak Год назад +30

    Japan is such a beautiful and magnificent country. I wish I had lived there during my high school days but now in university which is to work someday and live in Japan. It's great that you show great interest in Japanese culture and you should look further into school systems such as clubs etc.

  • Geekly weekly
    Geekly weekly Год назад +50

    maybe it's just my family but i lived in detroit and took the bus to school that was
    when i was 5

  • Qcknd
    Qcknd Год назад +3280

    This was interesting, i'm glad it came up in my recommendations

  • Kai Z
    Kai Z Год назад +1661

    When I was 8, I got up alone (parents had already gone to work early), dressed, got myself breakfast, took the bus to school, then walked home in the afternoon. Kids can do all these things no problem, our societies just choose to treat them like babies who can't do anything.

  • Ninjakid01042
    Ninjakid01042 Год назад +203

    i wish i had that sort of freedom and independence before :/
    my mom is so controlling about when i can go outside on my own, and i've only ever done so in very few, extremely rare cases... like less than 10 times? X'D

    im going off to university next year and am going to go from nearly no freedom to completely in charge of my transportation :/ ugh, don't want to deal with figuring it all out at once... =_= at most, i know how busses work in my city, but figuring out skytrains and maps like stuff like that, or if the bus system is all different... fnghrishrgluwhhdjskfjr

    it'd be better if i had more expreience with this stuff before and my mom wasnt so darn paranoid and overprotective =_=

  • violetgirl1996
    violetgirl1996 Год назад +20

    well that 10 yr old is lucky to still have been babied. i grew up in new zealand, of another modern western culture, but a lot young kids start walking to school on their own, even at the age of 7. yeah, but maybe not 4.. that IS particular to japan, but i think that definitely has ts own ups

  • tsfcancerman
    tsfcancerman Год назад +28

    if kids cant walk some 3km to school or take buss or trains from age 6 they will probably live at home at age 30.

  • Irische Frau
    Irische Frau Год назад +62

    This doesnt work in the west because we are too multicultural.

  • Neb88
    Neb88 Год назад +1034

    Independence is a good experience for a growing individual, better than being sheltered and not being able to do things for themselves. Helicopter parents or micro managing will not help anyone.

  • cordy1987
    cordy1987 Год назад +73

    I live in Germany. My elementary school wasn`t far from home, so my parents only walked me to school for the first week. Then i walked alone or with my friends like they did, too. When i turned 10 i went to another school where I had to go by bus and by train. By that time i took my little Cousin (6 years) with me, because we had the same way to school. That's pretty normal here, too.

  • babii kare
    babii kare Год назад +9

    6:06 Ninomiya

  • [Insertnamehere]
    [Insertnamehere] Год назад +443

    3:17 - is that a freaking deer?

  • Sayeth Di Puppeth
    Sayeth Di Puppeth Год назад +636

    I'm seeing a lot of cultural connections to Pokemon here... like why no one is worried about several 10-year-olds going on long journeys, and why the ending of "Hey You, Pikachu!" has you telling Pikachu to go buy you a telescope, and then secretly following it to the store. Very interesting stuff.

  • Teia Koi
    Teia Koi Год назад +51

    I don't like that kids are push like that by themselves . As parents the presence of them gives memories of endearment n parental connection of love. That is why is you look at the younger generation of Japan, they are wild n do whatever they want. There is no parental guidance hence Japan is changing. Look at the new generation in Japan today and you will see it's not the same anymore.

Seo