How the world sees Japan

Well, one article’s point of view, anyway:

“Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent?” (from CityLab)

This is the subheading:

“In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.”

Read the article and write in your portfolio whether or not you agree. Is this an accurate picture of your experiences as a little kid in Japan?

In one class yesterday, we talked briefly about school lunches in Japan and how they seem to be seen by other parts of the world as particularly healthy. And the whole school lunch culture in Japan is unusual to some because the kids learn life lessons in the process.

This is a video I saw the other day:

If you do a quick search using key words like “school lunches in Japan” or “school lunches around the world” you’ll find many, many articles and videos about the topic.

This one is relatively new and kind of makes me angry. These kids seem spoiled, argumentative, and very unwilling to try anything new: “American Kids Try School Lunches from Around the World.” But it’s a YouTube video, and who knows how staged it is. I mean, this “Japanese lunch” includes udon (maybe curry?). Who wouldn’t like curry udon? It’s a mild curry soup and noodles!


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