Japan's independent kids I The Feed

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

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Comments: 272

  • YamiKisara
    YamiKisara 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    first

  • veer49
    veer49 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    a

  • Ariaditya Pramestu
    Ariaditya Pramestu 1 year ago

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

  • Lygar X
    Lygar X 1 year ago

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

  • Daniel Pohl
    Daniel Pohl 1 year ago

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

  • Femke Vande Walle
    Femke Vande Walle 1 year ago

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

  • SirAgravaine
    SirAgravaine 1 year ago

    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. 1 year ago

    kskdj

  • Nea Sanners
    Nea Sanners 1 year ago

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

  • Nea Sanners
    Nea Sanners 1 year ago

    No comments seriously?

  • DeJ Bi
    DeJ Bi 1 year ago

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

  • drsolari111
    drsolari111 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    I didn't realize this was noteworthy

  • Lesslie Rivera
    Lesslie Rivera 1 year ago

    😀

  • Aj Paredes
    Aj Paredes 1 year ago

    4:35 the eyes tho 😍

  • mizzwanned
    mizzwanned 1 year ago

    Tyg

  • gab braule
    gab braule 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    japan seems to be a great country overall.

  • Jack Middleton
    Jack Middleton 1 year ago

    7:53 I love the Japanese hum.

  • Steven Gallanter
    Steven Gallanter 1 year ago

    American kids would be so, so traumatized.

  • manuluvsfifa
    manuluvsfifa 1 year ago

    so good, he is a good father , sugoi

  • Aby H
    Aby H 1 year ago

    meow

  • vanidar21
    vanidar21 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    Where are the comments? O.o

  • Benjamin Busche
    Benjamin Busche 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    Cool.

  • Hahduked
    Hahduked 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

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

  • Moixrockt 92
    Moixrockt 92 1 year ago

    wow!

  • Amy Easter
    Amy Easter 1 year ago

    Emily is very pretty😍😍

  • tolebelon
    tolebelon 1 year ago

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

  • anthony7666
    anthony7666 1 year ago

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

  • Superb Salad
    Superb Salad 1 year ago

    I wish the west was organized like Japan.

  • Superb Salad
    Superb Salad 1 year ago

    I wish the west was organized like Japan.

  • Tomhass
    Tomhass 1 year ago

    last

  • Mugen gurg
    Mugen gurg 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

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

  • ATomira
    ATomira 1 year ago

    5:27 LOL

  • MissVanilla
    MissVanilla 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

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

  • Marisa Kennedy
    Marisa Kennedy 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    poop

  • Elodie Coquillat
    Elodie Coquillat 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

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

  • caseymac MacL
    caseymac MacL 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

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  • Om Joud
    Om Joud 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    where are the comments?

  • jun phuc
    jun phuc 1 year ago

    cute kid

  • Ashilee Bowser
    Ashilee Bowser 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    Very interesting.

  • jammersss
    jammersss 1 year ago

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

  • jammersss
    jammersss 1 year ago

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

  • Murmad Man
    Murmad Man 1 year ago

    holy shitt I wish my wife looks like that at 39

  • San Francisco Professor

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

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

  • Kai Z
    Kai Z 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

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

  • Neb88
    Neb88 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    6:06 Ninomiya

  • [Insertnamehere]
    [Insertnamehere] 1 year ago

    3:17 - is that a freaking deer?

  • Sayeth Di Puppeth
    Sayeth Di Puppeth 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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.

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