kids

4-year old wows Twitter with perfect pixel portrayals of Pretty Cure anime magical girls

The future looks bright for this budding artist, who made over 50 of the core PreCure cast out of acrylic beads.

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Absolutely adorable Twitter video shows Japanese toddler topple over, get comforted by puppies

You know what they say…when you get knocked down, get right back up again, unless you’re being besieged by adorable puppy dogs.
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What’s the real meaning of Japan’s “burning tofu” emoji?

It’s not fire, and it’s not food, but every Japanese person immediately understands the symbol that has the rest of the world scratching their heads.

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Elementary school uses clever trick to get everyone to dispose of their chopsticks properly

Both the children and the adults have gotten in on the fun while also sharing their future dreams (and lamentations). 

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Japan’s Uncle Fist loses money every week selling takoyaki to kids for just 10 yen, doesn’t care

Actually, he does care, but about kids from impoverished homes, not about making money from his octopus dumpling business.

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Let Uncle Tashiro show you the perfect way to enjoy Tokyo Disneyland with young kids

The following is essential reading for parents, and possibly mental health professionals too.

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Japanese dad shares ingenious trick to keep kids (or yourself) from getting bored on the train

As usual, ice cream is the answer to our problems.

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Japanese middle schoolers build an awesome real/VR roller coaster for their class project【Video】

Combines modern technology and old-school carpentry in a way that puts ordinary science fair projects to shame.

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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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