This time, we head to Kikugawa in Shizuoka Prefecture where many non-Japanese workers live. For the children of foreign parents, difficulty with the Japanese language is a barrier to entry into elementary school. Luckily for them, Ochi Kiyoshi, a Brazilian of Japanese descent, runs a daycare center where children learn Japanese. We look at his work and how the pandemic impacted him and the kids under his care. We also meet Johan Erik Nilsson Bjork from Sweden, a professional "rakugo" storyteller in Tokyo.
Kiyoshi's daycare center teaches Japanese to foreign preschoolers
Kiyoshi discusses with parents about their child's school prospects
This boy and his mother can't wait for him to start elementary school
Johan trained in the strict hierarchical world of "rakugo" storytelling