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Why are Chinese kindergartens colorful, while Japanese kindergartens are \”deserted\”?


Oct 1, 2023

A friend married a Japanese wife and they have a lovely daughter who is of kindergarten age. My wife wanted her daughter to receive a Japanese education, so she transferred her daughter back to a Japanese kindergarten. Because my wife was responsible for contacting and inspecting kindergartens in Japan, and my friend never had to worry about it, so he didn’t think there was much difference between kindergartens in Japan and kindergartens in China. In his impression, kindergartens are all the same and full of It is childlike, colorful, and suitable for children to grow and play. There is not much difference in other aspects. It wasn\’t until his daughter\’s first day of school that he put down his busy work at his wife\’s strong request and sent his daughter to kindergarten with his wife. He discovered that Japanese kindergartens had completely overturned the image of kindergartens in his impression. First of all, the wife\’s attitude. She got up early that morning to dress up, put on makeup carefully, took out neatly ironed clothes, and asked her friends to put them on. My friend was a little surprised when he saw that the clothes were very formal. He asked puzzledly: \”The children are just in kindergarten, do we need to dress up so formally?\” The wife said: \”This is an important growth in the children\’s life, marking their transition from family to society. Of course we cannot relax. !\” The friend had no choice but to dress up and send her daughter to the kindergarten with her wife. As soon as I arrived at the kindergarten gate, my friend was not only secretly glad that she was wearing formal clothes, but the parents of other children were also dressed formally, as if they were attending a celebration. The furnishings in the kindergarten shocked him even more. In my friend\’s impression, kindergartens are colorful and filled with all kinds of childlike elements. However, the colors of the kindergarten my daughter attends are very monotonous, with the theme colors being white and wood. The interior space is very large, but the design and layout are also very simple. There are no cartoon patterns, small flowers, grass, or colorful colors to be found here. My friend was surprised, why should the kindergarten be so simple? When he raised his inner doubts to the teacher, the teacher’s answer shocked him! The teacher said: \”Colorful and cartoon patterns are man-made. If children are exposed to too many colorful colors and patterns too early, their inner understanding of beauty will be easily damaged. And if children live in a space of logs and white, children will There is a lot of white space in the heart, and they can slowly feel the ultimate beauty of simplicity as they grow up. In this way, the aesthetics of the children who grow up will become completely different.\” Another advantage of doing this is that there is no need to use paint on the wall. By painting, you can avoid the harm that formaldehyde, benzene, etc. may cause to your child\’s body. The kindergarten also uses a lot of natural lighting, has a reasonable natural ventilation system, and has ponds and streams that reuse rainwater. Children can step into the water as much as they want on rainy days. This is also to make the children feel like they are in the big world. In nature, let children get closer to nature. My friend\’s introduction aroused my curiosity about Japanese kindergartens. I asked him if I could take some photos for study. Unfortunately, my friend said that my daughter\’s kindergarten is relatively strict and it is not convenient to take pictures. I had to search for Japanese kindergartens online, and the results shocked me. My impression of kindergartens is the same as that of my friends, they are usually colorful.Colorful and filled with various cartoon patterns, there are all kinds of cute elements imposed by adults in it. For example: Or just look at it like this, and you know it must be a kindergarten. But most kindergartens in Japan are different. Some kindergartens look like a castle, some look like a creative garden, and some have a weird shape, but the furnishings inside are all simple. Most of the kindergartens use a lot of logs and white, and the inner space is very open. Children have enough space to play freely, and the indoor functions can be converted at will. Children don\’t need extra decorations, they need enough space to play freely. The interior of the kindergarten is very designed and is a beautiful scenery. The restaurant is also a beautiful scenery. You can enjoy the scenery while eating, and the whole person feels relaxed. Even the toilets are filled with playful yet simple elements. The designer pays great attention to the use of natural light, and there is enough natural light in the children\’s play space. It is the nature of children to tread water, so many kindergartens allow children to tread water freely on rainy days. Some kindergartens use natural wooden boards and grass to allow children to get in touch with nature. The small pond inside can not only store water, but also allow children to understand the recycling of rainwater and cultivate environmental awareness from an early age. Safety is even more important. The walls of the kindergarten are extremely strong, and their earthquake resistance rating reaches the highest level in Japan. When the lights come on, the feeling of the kindergarten is even more shocking. The core concept of these designs is to allow children to experience simple and natural beauty, and to awaken their inner aesthetic consciousness while feeling the natural colors. We all say that we should cultivate children\’s aesthetic consciousness from an early age, but what exactly is the correct cultivation of aesthetic consciousness? Maybe we really should seriously think about whether giving children a lot of colors and letting them see a variety of cartoon and animation images will help them develop aesthetic abilities? Our current material resources are too abundant, and various toys and interest classes fill children\’s childhood. Today\’s parents are paying more and more attention to cultivating their children\’s understanding of beauty, hoping that their children will have the ability to appreciate beauty and have a pair of eyes that can discover. But filling a child\’s brain with artificial colors and images does not mean that the child has aesthetic ability. Children need to leave blank space for their growth. We should leave enough space for children to explore freely and experience beautiful art in nature. Long Yingtai once said: \”To give a hundred aesthetics classes, it is better to let the children walk in nature for a day; to teach a hundred hours of architectural design, it is better to let the students touch a few ancient cities; to teach a hundred hours of The skills of sub-literary writing are not as good as letting writers get their pants dirty in the market. Play can be said to be the foundation of knowledge between heaven and earth. Nature is the best teacher. Nature is real, complex and diverse, and is the best teacher for human beings. It cannot be simulated by any culture. The colors of nature are the most natural and pure. When a child has enough blank space in his heart, when the child has enough contact with nature, he will continue to experience the beauty of nature as he grows up, and when he has enough time and If the space allows them to discover by themselves, the child\’s inner beauty will be naturally opened, and his artistic sensor cells will be vivid and creative.Creativity. Nature education is to train children\’s eyesight, concentration and increase their natural knowledge and experience, so as to feel the mystery and perfection of nature, so as to learn to appreciate nature, respect life and develop imagination. The simplest ones are often the hardest. Are you willing to leave your child blank as he grows up? \”The secret to raising a good man is to let him live in nature.\” Today\’s article ends with a sentence from the famous American thinker Emerson.

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