Life for a Japanese teenager is supposedly harder than for anyone else. The pressure to study hard has driven many people over the edge, as demonstrated a couple of years ago when there were a spate of suicides among junior high school students in Japan.
The Japan broadcasting corporation, NHK, has an educational channel filled with children’s programming every evening. Currently they are playing a song by Angela Aki which is clearly targeted at junior high school kids. It’s about a 15 year old student struggling with life who writes a letter to his/her future self to ask for guidance… and gets a reassuring letter back.
There are two animated videos that NHK shows – one with a boy and one with a girl, but I’ve picked the official video to show you instead. It’s called “Tegami” (letter) and really is a beautiful song, one of those anthem-type tracks like Celine Dion’s Titanic offering. Just don’t cry, ok?
Do you think Japanese junior high school students have it harder than their peers in other countries?