An Iconic Japanese Show About Kids Who Shop Alone Confuses the West – Mothership.SG
Old enough! is an iconic Japanese show that started in the late 80s and features kids running errands alone.
This very basic formula has been a worldwide success.
In fact, CNA has done something similar sometime ago.
Now the show is streaming on Netflix, readily available to Western audiences.
The combination of a different culture, country, and time period resulted in a lot of reactions to the show.
Here’s a brief clip from the show on Netflix’s Twitter.
Old Enough is the healthiest show you’ve ever seen – in this unscripted series, Japanese toddlers (ages 2-5) are sent on simple errands to help out their parents and the results are so pure.
20 episodes are now on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/WpzopRA8ct
—Netflix (@netflix) April 11, 2022
The child featured in this episode is 2 years and 9 months old.
Some of the comments expressed disbelief that children were running errands alone.
“Plus the long-term negative effects of the child. It’s all ‘fun’ and ‘interesting’ for us to watch, but a child this age shouldn’t be ‘forced’ to do this.”
“Ummm. How healthy is abandoning a small child to cross a busy road?”
“It’s crazy that they just let them hang around in public. In the United States, we take public safety seriously and place restrictions and supervision on these kinds of dangerous ‘people’ and I’m grateful for that. “
Their concerns were quickly countered by other Twitter users.
Japan’s built environment is such that people are actually able to live and walk in their communities without being instantly turned into roadkill by unnecessary oversized metal death machines (trucks)
“It’s part of our culture to give children a sense of responsibility and teach them the kindness of people in the community who would help them. I did it, all children know that Japan does it 🙄”
“Japan is much safer and toddlers were supervised by the film crew throughout the hole. Cities are built for safety. ‘they were walking around to make them feel safe, don’t worry.
SoraNews highlighted the concerns voiced in the tweet but noted that the toddlers were heavily watched throughout the ride.
“Months of preparation go into each child’s solo journey, with routes inspected by staff and parents to ensure it is safe as far as road traffic is concerned and that no reports of fushinsha (person suspicious) has been made in the area.”
Picture from Netflix
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