Play away

 

This Vox Populi from Asahi Shimbun talks about the nostalgia of childhood play in simpler times, when children would pick flowers (レンゲソウ). Today’s children, when asked where they play, picked “shopping mall” as one of their choices.

“Should we be saddened by this, or be impressed by the kids’ resourcefulness in turning any place into their playground?

How did you spend your Golden Week?

Part of mine was spent close to those  レンゲソウ flowers, actually, in a rural part of Japan. And the other part was spent in Tokyo, where I saw “Ready Player One”, a movie about a place and time that’s as far away from nature as you can get.

My holiday reflected the two sides of the Vox Populi perfectly. How about yours?

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A day in the life

The California Sunday Magazine has a whole issue about teenagers this month. Because:

“We wanted to see how they’re living right now in the world adults made for them and how they’re beginning to change it — and maybe get a glimpse of where we’re all headed together.”

Here’s the cover photo:

Stories include:

Life advice from teen experts — how to meet new people, how to get people to care about something, how to say no, how to throw a good dance party (and more)

The two hour commute — see how three teenagers commute, with illustrations

How they do lunch

A conversation about social media and politics

Hanging out

This is a great model for a cross-cultural comparison or a research project about teenagers or university students in Japan: Find people to survey, ask good questions, analyze their answers, add photos and illustrations.

“A cure for the day”

Halloween decorations are already up in some places and the supermarket in my neighborhood started selling Halloween themed sweets in the first week of September. Too soon?

But it may not be too soon to start planning your Halloween costume, if you’re doing that this year. Here’s a short video about people who are making amazing costumes for kids with disabilities, so people see the costume and the kid, and not the disability.

Did you notice that the word “cosplay” is now part of the English language? Add that to your list of loan words from Japanese.

Here’s the website for the non-profit introduced in the video, if you want to find out more: Magic Wheelchair