Ambitious Children


Above you see four Japanese children asked what it is they want from life (presumably in adulthood).

Below are their answers:

The girl in the top left answers “Work.”

The girl in the top right answers:

“A man with a good income (living with his older brother or parents is no good).
A peaceful old age. ”

The boy in the bottom left answers more honestly: “Money. Women. Power.”

The girl in the bottom right answers rather more inexplicably “Make peace with God!”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Knowing that my proficiency in Japanese is lower than that of young children makes me want to cry...

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    14:25 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    you look into their hearts
    top left: I saw a homeless person
    top right: mommy is dating a unemployed jerk who lives with his parents and watches tv 24-7
    bottom left: just like daddy
    bottom right: the priestwouldn't let God forgive me :P

    I'm only joking btw

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the answer of the girl on the top left's answer.

    Comment by kran
    17:15 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Money. Women. Power.”

    Right on, little boy!!

    Comment by mi
    12:55 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Money. Woman. Power."

    May god bless that child to one day lord over the people with an iron fist.

    Comment by Xero
    08:04 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bottom left kid is now officially my idol.

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    Comment by apez1267
    12:51 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i second that

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder what kind of things that girl has done that she needs to make peace with god. Loli assassin?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe she helped the bottom left boy get some money, women and power and regrets it.

    Comment by KonW
    19:00 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    神と和解せよ is rather a common hmm,, promotion word/phrase? for christianity.
    means sth like "obey/follow the god/jesus" or whatever like that,
    google it and you'll see loads of pics of sighs/banners/flags with the phrase on them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, no boy. First you get the money. Then you get the power. *Then* you get the women.

    Kids these days, always after immediate gratification.

    Comment by Accany
    09:23 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kids scare me these days..
    They think more about their life than I do >.>

    Comment by Kamikaze
    08:40 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The girl in the top left sure have a great dream but remember the place of a woman is in the kitchen now GO BACK

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    08:36 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The boy's answer is the best :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 20/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Money. Women. Power.” i see the mankind in a good hands :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 11/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Speaking of TV and ambitious children, did anybody see this ad for 'Flake Coconut Milk" ( チロルチョコCM ) posted on Youtube?

    Probably won't be there very long, so there's another one posted at NicoNico:

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That kid on the lower left will be chilling with Jeezy and Jay-Z before we know it. Good for him!

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    20:43 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Money.Women.Power.Wow,he's going to be a politician in the future.

    Comment by Random Fag
    19:01 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The kids are rotten.
    All of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is that a brunette remix of girl from Kodomo no Jikan, or what?
    (Kotonoha or something not dissimilar...)

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    Comment by DHYohko
    03:15 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    is it me or does teh top right girl remind you of Rin from kodomo no jikan? XD

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    Comment by Actar
    03:16 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh my goodness, YES!

    Comment by kingalekz
    03:21 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly what I thought.

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    Comment by Pandemonia
    04:07 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    that is the best thing i've heard all day

    Comment by Leonardo
    03:53 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by MaidNiac
    05:15 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then she should be writing down "Want you to ejaculate inside me",lol.

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    Comment by co
    03:09 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    does someone know where i can watch this episode from that tv show online? (nnd link is also ok)

    Comment by Dominic
    03:36 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The boy will grow up to be a fine young man...

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    Comment by Vegio
    03:43 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    he's the most promising one

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    Comment by Pandemonia
    04:09 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i thought maybe the girl on the top right was rather set too

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    Comment by XIII
    03:04 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yet to see a new god kira candidate..

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    Comment by Nekonomicon
    02:52 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had always thought my wish "money" was bad enough for a kid... That boy wants even more than me -*-.

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    Comment by Nekonomicon
    02:54 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, the show was after midnight?

    Comment by Fonzer
    02:53 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh you boy XD,at least he has the right thinking of them all.

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    Comment by San Celluz
    02:52 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The faces of the childrens are perfect for they respective answers :D

    Comment by ~N
    02:51 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    These answers seem rather... produced. Is there a way to confirm that it is the children that wrote them ?

    Comment by Cheoro
    14:02 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol I think it's more for publicity. Theyre probably taught to write those words.

    And about the kanji thing some mentioned above, some of the kanjis are rather common ones, like the kanji for money, women, work, god. I believe living in Japan those small kids seen enough of those words on the streets to actually know them.

    Comment by kingalekz
    21:17 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess you're right. Didn't thought about the possibility that they could have learned those kanji from somewhere else than school. And I keep forgetting that I learn kanji in a complete different order than the Japanese do.
    And that there's a difference between learning to read and write your own native language at a young age and deciding to learn Japanese when you're an adult and European.
    As I said, I wasn't sure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, I certainly couldn't write like the girl on top right when I was her age. I simply lacked the vocabulary. But it could be that she is very well-read.

    Comment by kingalekz
    03:39 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Additionally, I don't know how old these kids are but I don't think some of the used kanji are taught before fifth or sixth grade. Not sure, though...

    Comment by punane
    21:36 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i would say it depends to what school you went etc..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 25/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They use a standardized system in Japan, so I don't think so.

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    Comment by Mimi
    06:49 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wrong. LOL

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    Comment by Crisu
    02:50 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I envy their ability to write kanji at such a young age.

    Must study harder...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would you want to waste your learning doodle language? Romanized characters as so much more efficient

    Comment by Toiski
    10:18 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not when you have ten different words written shouji.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 25/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    For me, because it's more difficult. When you have finally mastered a very difficult language (Chinese and Japanese, generally) you might get a feeling of superiority, in the sense of "you'll never achieve what I have".

    Also, Chinese seems to be set to become the language / economy / superpower of the future, so being fluent will be a huge advantage.

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    Comment by Mimi
    04:35 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cuz 'doodle language' is an art.

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    Comment by Domo-Kun
    04:02 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is NO way they wrote that themselves. They only learn a few hundred Kanji before middle school.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 20/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks like this is a comedy show. Chances are good that the children were given these answers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:30 28/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The kid on the bottom left is going places! ;D

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    Comment by Mimi
    06:47 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wrong. First off, their penmanship is horrible, especially the guy's. (Decent for little kids I guess. -_-) I clearly remember in elementary school that pretty much the whole class was rather adept in kanji (well, knowledge of 3000 characters and ability to write 700-1000 by 3rd grade).

    I guess all I can do now is LOL at you disillusioned people for underestimating kids' kanji-writing abilities.

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    Comment by Dee
    10:46 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i lol'd

    Comment by b0122
    10:34 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and he probably will make good friend with the girl on the top left.

    Comment by b0122
    10:32 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they dont know a lot and its exactly the significance, the fact that money, gold, and women are the three things the boy learned in early stage suggests that he'll grow up to be a successful pimp.

    Comment by N.R.
    12:32 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I too (as a person that lives in Japan and knows his kanji) don't believe they can write such kanji at their age. It won't be too hard to assume that they received help from their parents and then wrote the kanji on their own. and to anonymous, don't compare Chinese to Japanese. First, because in Japanese each kanji usually has more then 3 readings as opposed to only one reading in Chinese, and second because 70% of China's population is illiterate

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He wasn't dissing Japanese literacy, no need to get all defensive. Are you implying that Chinese is easier to learn than Japanese? Not saying that Japanese is easy, all languages are hard to learn. Chinese has both traditional and simplified "kanji", so learning to read and write it isn't exactly a walk in the park.

    by the way,
    30% of China's population > 100% of Japan's population

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be honest I don't find it hard to believe they could have wrote that. At age 3-4 I was writing a letter in Chinese to my aunt to bring me toys on her next visit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:46 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol @ Peter. Most Kanji IS easy to read if you know Chinese.

    Comment by Peter
    00:47 21/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    where the fuck did you get "70% of China's population is illiterate" from you fucktard? According to wikipedia China's literacy rate is 90.9%. Don't pull random numbers out of your ass. As for Japanese kids writing Kanji if you read Kanji as Chinese it ALL sounds like kiddie talk

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lmao, those characters are hella easy, and they're among the first that I learned. If you grow up having to read and write kanji all your life, of course any kid can write simple words like those.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese > Japanese in terms of difficulty.

    I'm chinese and learned both languages, so I know.

    Comment by blade2577
    13:57 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry Mimi, but I too believe they didn't write that all by themselves, if anything taught before how to write it.

    Just not possible for them too. And unless you meant Chinese there's no way they knew 1000 kanji by third grade.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly...kanji isn't hard when you're immersed in the culture- and Chinese kids use the symbols exclusively.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But those are, for the most part, ones that they would have learnt... Besides, the handwriting looks about right for the age.

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    05:04 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't worry, at least you know English ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 04/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    english is definately not enough. i know 4 and still not satisfied

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 20/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    english is enough for those who have difficulty with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 25/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. I know six languages and have only attained fluency in four of them, and soon I'll already be 16 years old. Mastering Japanese and Chinese before I'm 18 is the plan, but... we'll see.

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