Old Enough: Japanese show sends toddlers on their first errand alone

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Hiroki is about to embark on the biggest adventure of his young life. Only two years and nine months old, the Japanese toddler is sent grocery shopping by himself for the very first time. “Watch out for yourself,” his mum shouts after him one last time, as Hiroki leaves the house, tasked with buying flowers for the family altar, a package of curry dish and fried fish cakes at the supermarket. And that’s basically what the popular Japanese reality show “Hajimete no Otsukai”, which translates as “first errand,” is about. An absolute hit in Japan for three decades, the show follows children betwe…

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