Children in Japan

May 26, 2010 vidajimenez

Even as an adult, I was a little uneasy about traveling alone in Japan. I have lived in major cities back in the states but I have never felt safe traveling without some sort of protection.  Just as a student at MSU, I was told not to walk alone at night, travel with groups and always be alert.  But the major cultural rearing difference I have noticed is that children are taught to travel on their own. Most children in the U.S. are either picked up by school buses or driven my their parents.Here in Japan, I have seen children as young as five walking and riding the subways to and from school. The means of transportation here is mainly the subway and train system so I am assuming this is why the children are so independent. It made me realize that I had only been in Japan for 2 weeks but I wasn’t scared to travel on my own and the secure feeling is something I envy and wish we could have back at home.

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  • 1. kiyabarden  |  June 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    The children in Japan travel alone with no care in the world. I know I would be very scared as I child to travel that huge city alone and also as a parent I would be very conscious of my children traveling alone. I do not believe that children of a certain age should be allowed to roam the streets. I feel like that was very odd but in a society with low crime, I guess it is acceptable.

  • 2. fleuritta  |  June 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I totally agree with you on this one. I went in an excursion all by myself, and never did I feel safe in my life. It is so stunning how people there have no bad intentions. On the contrary, most of them are very helpful and kind even to strangers. I think that the trust and good values ingrained within society in addition to justice lead people to be harmless to their fellow citizens.


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