On this episode, we head to Sakegawa Village in Yamagata Prefecture, where American Frederick Lauer organizes activities for children to learn invaluable life skills through play. Busy school life leaves Japanese kids virtually no time to have fun outdoors. Determined to change that, Fred set up a forest kindergarten based on a Danish educational method. Join us for some fun in the snow! We also meet Myanmar-born Than Htun Oo who applies a variety of patterns to leather at a factory in Tokyo's Asakusa.
This swing made from a large tree branch is a hit with the kids!
Learning the safe use of tools like knives is an opportunity for children to grow.
These boys take a voracious bite out of the cabbage they just dug up from under the snow.
With meticulous care, Htun processes leather used for shoes and other accessories.