This Japanese kindergarten school with an award-winning design is an innovative paradise for school children. Conceptualized and designed by Tezuka Architects, the school’s main feature is a ringed roof that also serves as a playground for the children.
The Fuji Kindergarten located in Tokyo, Japan can accommodate up to 600 students from 2 to 6 years old. Students here are encouraged to run and play around the area.
The ringed roof’s open space is perfect for the children’s free exploration, discovery, and interaction with the environment.
The roof is easily accessible through stairs and slides that are only 2.1 meters tall.
At first thought, too much of the open space could seem potentially dangerous to the children.
But in reality, this open environment encourages young ones to be active and curious about their surroundings.
As a result, they experience a fuller childhood.
According to the creator, Takaharu Tezuka:
“Just as a fish cannot live in purified water, children cannot live in a clean, quiet and controlled environment.”
At the moment of the children’s first interaction with the building, Tezuka recalled,
“it was simple; they just started running. It was beyond our expectations. I was sitting with the principal, and everyone had tears. It was amazing, an instant reaction.”
The building is designed to let the children explore, play around, and be their curious selves.
It’s definitely a place that encourages learning and independence.
According to Tezuka,
“in this school, children are encouraged to climb trees. If a kid is strong enough, they can reach the upper level without using the stairs. Other schools might not allow this, but the principal here believes children know their own limits. They stop when they have to stop.”
The Fuji Kindergarten puts a whole new perspective on educating children.
Just looking at the fun activities that the students do will make you want to go back to kindergarten and attend this school. Or maybe just enroll your kids instead?
Watch this video here to learn more:
Around 50% of Hong Kong Bosses Don’t Want To Hire Mothers As Employees, Says Research
Working moms in Hong Kong are the “main victims of family status discrimination.”
Workplace descrimination is an unfortunate reality that some people encounter on a regular basis. It happens for various reasons ranging from differences in religion to physical disabilities, or even a person’s gender and family status.
Case in point, a recent study conducted by Equal Opportunities Commission has discovered that less than half of employers in Hong Kong want to hire women with children, regardless of their skills and experience.
It’s a disturbing trend that mothers in Hong Kong have to face.
Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland’s Gorgeous Underground Cathedral Built By Miners
The unique place of worship is more than 1,000 feet below the ground!
We usually imagine cathedrals as large Neo-Gothic buildings or grand basilicas. However, the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland has a place of worship that can't easily be spotted. The town actually boasts of a subterranean shrine that can be found in a salt mine more than 1,000 feet underground.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine already stands out for being known as "the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland." However, it is also known for its gorgeous relief sculptures and statues that are made entirely out of salt. Even the chandeliers are made from rock salt that has been dissolved and reconstituted to look like crystals.
The underground cathedral was built by miners for several generations.
10 Libraries That Should Be On Every Booklover’s Bucket List
Have you visited any of these beautiful libraries?
Italian photographer Massimo Listri is best known for his large-scale images of majestic, empty interior spaces. With his talent in capturing the beauty of human creations, he opens the doors to some of the world’s most beautiful libraries.
For nearly 30 years, the Florence-based photographer has had his nose in a book, traveling throughout Europe and beyond to document some of the most extraordinary libraries. Here are the ten libraries that every booklover should visit.
1. Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland