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Japan: The world’s best kindergarden?
A unique circular building houses one of Japan’s biggest nursery schools
with about 600 children.
But the unusual shape is more than just a daring architectural adventure
by a world-renowned Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka.
It’s designed to fulfill the need for
doing the same thing over and over again
through which children investigate the world.
The roof serves as a running track
and as a place to interact with the trees growing from below,
while safety is a priority, they learn about the risks of growing up.
“The ground looks flat, but we actually made a bumpy.
If children run there, they may fall.
But that’s okay. When they fall once,
humans learn how not to fall the next time.
This way they become strong and better equipped for life.”
＃Sit down sitdown ok！＃
#Sit down, sit down, ok!#
＃Kneel down kneel down ok！＃
#Kneel down, kneel down, ok!#
＃Lie down lie down ok！＃
#Lie down, lie down, ok!#
The kids learn with native English teachers.
The roof also has a slide reinforcing the building secular aspect.
“There is a sense of openness,
and children play every day with no worries.
They don’t have any stress.
They are growing unrestrained.”
With no internal walls, the children hear the noises from neighboring classes,
helping them hone their concentration skills.
But sometimes destruction is inevitable.
Contact with live animals is part of the learning process.
The children get to ride the ponies on the birthdays.
But today it’s the turtle that’s the center of attention.
“I sometimes have the opportunity to talk to colleagues in other kindergardens.
And they are really surprised.
They sometimes ask me, ‘Is that really a kindergarten?’
Fuji kindergarten is the only place I’ve worked.
And for me, I think the environment is the most appropriate for children.
I cannot think of working in any other place.”
After the kids have gone, the teachers prepare for the next day
in the building designed to enhance the quest for knowledge.