Child Transport

One thing I never saw in the UK but see regularly in Japan is small children (and I mean really small children) riding on trains alone. Often with the morning commuter rush one looks down to see (hidden in amongst all the suited legs of businessmen towering around them) tiny uniformed children little more than a metre tall and aged as young as 7. There is a wonderful kind of fragile cuteness about such a sight, and it’s easy to visualise oneself at that age in that situation – a wild mix of courage, innocence and overwhelm.


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However at earlier ages kids are well looked after by adults. Kindergarten students can be seen walking in lines to school, holding handles on ropes to stay safe:

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And the smaller ones are wheeled around in carts like chickens, and they stare in wide-eyed wonder at the world around them as their (often rather petite) handlers push and drag the carts around the neighbourhood collecting more little ones as they go.

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The carts come in various styles and sizes, some articulated, and hold up to 8 bodies (although I guess one could cram in a whole lot more if necessary). The children are often colour-coordinated.

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A heartwarming sight indeed.

~ by JapanGasm on 10 November, 2009.

6 Responses to “Child Transport”

  1. What a hoot! I’m thinking there’d be serious issues about wheeling kids around like this in the UK.

    • Yeah, in England the “Health and Safety” brigade often seems to triumph over “Common Sense”. Pity.
      You have to bear in mind too that streets in Japan are well set up for such things as these trolleys – smooth ramp access, well marked roads and signals and (most importantly) people who obey the signals.

  2. Wow, I’ve also not seen kids transported by cart! Omoshiroi-ne!

  3. Maybe KZ is too INAKA (country), DESHO?😉

  4. one of the things i find cutest here is how on the first picture the little girls have to climb up on their toes to use the ticket machines or whatever they are. and how the two girls look and are indentically posed. …and the other girl sleeping in her seat….🙂
    i only hope all those little children feel safe commuting like this on their own, and that not too much is expected of them at such a young age.
    and it made me laugh how you compared the children in carts to chickens:)
    cheers!

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