So NHK does a pretty bang up job with the educational kids tv in Japan. We like it and we like that Jake watches it. I would like to think exposing him to tv in a different language does good things to his brain development. I do have a couple of problems with it though. My first is that I can't get the songs out of my head and the other is that I hate the 'Eigo de Asobo' - LET'S PLAY in ENGLISH' segment. It is unnatural and just teaches kids a bunch of lies like how your shadow can catch you and that 'car' is a 'door' word.
One of the most unusual segments is during 'Karada de Asobo' - Let's play with our bodies!' (which is just WEIRD when translated into English. It's a segment called - Odoru Naizo - which means 'dancing internal organs'. They seriously have a man that dresses up and dances around as an internal organ. Check it out for yourself.
this guy is a spleen
Darin's favourite segment is called 'Pythagoras Switch' that showcases a different Rube Goldberg machine everyday among other things. They are amazing. Here are a couple of examples:
And here's that lying song about how your shadow can catch you when you fall:
And last but not least here is a song from Inai inai baa (another NHK kids show aimed at 1 to 2 year old kids) called Guru guru dokkan - Jake and I sing this pretty much everyday and he's started to raise his arms to do the dokkan part - it's pretty adorable. If I fork out and buy a new camera (which I will have to since our other one has not turned up) I'll try to capture that cuteness on video.