kids

Awesome Japanese elementary school teacher rewards kids who use independent learning on his tests

Learned everything covered in class? You get 100 percent. Learned more than what was covered in class? Then you get a bonus.

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6-year-old Japanese kid Torataro kills it on the drums, helps disaster-affected areas【Vid】

Check out his YouTube page for the amazing drumming, stay for ways to donate to western Japan disaster relief.

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Mom shares life-changing tip to stop her kids from fooling around on her smartphone

Here’s one way to keep your kids’ hands off your phone…and possibly give them some nightmares to boot. 

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Japanese dad teaches son WAY too much about working adult life with visits to role-play park

After repeated visits to indoor amusement park for kids, son feels just like a lot of grown-ups do.

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Flexible teachers DO exist in Japan: First-grader gets full credit for “wrong” math test answers

There are no wrong answers, as long as you’ve got the right question.

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Pretty Cure’s latest movie clip stars 55 sparkly magical girls from the anime franchise【Video】

The latest movie from Toei Animation’s PreCure series showcases every single magical heroine from the series’ 14-year run. Let’s get dancing!

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Tough-as-nails bullied Japanese schoolgirl stays home from school, but not because she was sad

After standing up for classmate and becoming bully’s target herself, elementary schooler decided to send a message that took years to be heard.

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Yo-Kai What? Monsters of all kinds plummet from children’s favorite character rankings

Conservative trends rule this year as kids are largely sticking with what they know.

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Amazing anime-style artist mom transforms daughter’s character designs into gorgeous illustration

When Mom is a professional-level illustrator, mother/daughter art projects can be truly incredible.

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Japanese school’s ethics text encourages kids to “work without reward,” gets slammed online

Exasperated mom says cute animal characters are showing young students exactly what not to do in life.

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Train company asks parents with baby strollers to be polite to other passengers, sparks backlash

Loudest critic cays it’s not moms travelling with kids who need to step up their manners.

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Almost half of Japanese grade-school girls say they’ve never heard of “programming” in survey

Troubling statistic is coupled with an additional one-in-four saying they’ve heard the word, but don’t know what it means.

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Japan Sumo Association bans girls from prohibiting in practice event as controversy continues

Stance that the sanctity of the sumo ring is tarnished by female presence extends all the way down to elementary school-age kids.

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If you want your kids to go to elite universities, give them Legos, Japanese study says

According to a study done by Lego Japan, the majority of surveyed graduates from elite universities played with Legos when they were children.

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“Cherry blossoms of the heart” — The 10 most popular Japanese names for girls in 2017-2018

Baby name suggestion website compiles list of its users favorite names for they’re considering for their daughters.

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Japanese toddler shocks his mom and the Internet by appearing to levitate

At first glance, the kid in this photo looks to be floating in air, and at second glance…he still looks to be floating.

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How old is too old for a boy to go into the women’s hot spring bath in Japan?

Child development expert weighs in on the tricky question, offers a solution from Japan’s samurai-era past.

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Japanese elementary school students discovering “channel of the dead” on their TVs

Kids are spreading the word that a “magic button” on some remotes opens a gateway between the living and the dead.

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Harsh retribution for school bullies using Japanese law suggested on Twitter, but it’ll take time

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, and it doesn’t get much colder than this.

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Things get awkward as cosplayer’s dad learns to double-check his suitcase before business trips

Speech preparation goes down the drain, but at least he was ready for some crossplay.

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