505- First Errand

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505- First Errand

Back in March, Netflix picked up a long running Japanese TV program based on a children’s book from the 1970s. The show is called Old Enough, but the name of the original Japanese program translates to My First Errand. Because in each episode, a child runs an errand for the very first time. Episodes are only 10 to 20 minutes long, but in that short time a toddler treats the audience to a bite-sized hero's journey. 

My First Errand is a gimmicky show with hokey music and a laugh track, but it’s also rooted in a truth about Japanese society: most children are remarkably independent from a very young age -- way more independent than children in the US. In Japanese cities, fifth-graders make 85 percent of their weekday trips without a parent. And this remarkable child mobility is made possible by everything from the neighbors next door to the width of the streets.

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  • Daisyee

    I very much appreciate the podcast representation 🎉

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    ludi2

    Is that a prop 😂

    4 months ago·9 likes·
  • Lisaa

    10:30 --> 20:00 amazing bit

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    Chris

    Overly cool m8

    4 months ago·2 likes·
    Lisaa

    Andrew, you're the man! Nobody else provides this content to the extent you do. Thank you!

    4 months ago·4 likes·
  • ludi2

    This is how all podcasts should be

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    Gillian

    Just amazing!

    4 months ago·9 likes·
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