Whatabout 1: The future by Toshiro Kanamori

‘Happiness always comes from the connection between human beings’.

After practicing as a primary school teacher for 38 years at different schools, retired in March 2007 and is currently a professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education in Hokuriku Gakuin University, in Japan. Through his idea of education ‘Empathize with your friends to be happy’, Kanamori investigates, from the 80s, different ways to work directly with people and nature. In the documentary ‘Children Full of Life’, produced by NHK (Japan National Television) shows what happened in one of his classes throughout a course. This film was a great success which resulted in obtaining several awards and a high circulation and global impact. His work has gotten the attention of the education community, but has also achieved recognition from other sectors that may seem further away, such as health.