Japanese park lets children to play with knives and hammers, light bonfires and jump off buildings

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The land that health and safety forgot! Japanese park encourages children to play with knives and hammers, light bonfires and jump off buildings

  • Hanegi Play Park in Tokyo believes children are better to play freely than be restricted by safety laws
  • Children operate sharpened saws, nails, and hammers, they even light bonfires and have open air cookouts 
  • Parents take their children there use the park as a way to teach them, one said ‘it’s a learning experience’

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A park in Japan has been dubbed ‘the land health and safety forgot’ as it allows children to play with knives, climb onto roofs and even light fires.

Hanegi Play Park in Tokyo operates under the philosophy children are better to play freely than be restricted by safety.

Children operate sharpened saws, nails, and hammers.  They even light bonfires and have open air cookouts.

The park’s wooden slides and climbing frames are handmade by children who play in the park,  while signs are dotted around that read ‘play at your own risk’. 

Parents that take their children there use the park as a way to teach them. 

Speaking to Sora News, one mother said ‘Of course sometimes the kids get small injuries, but that’s usually a learning experience for them’. 

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‘We want people who know the purpose of letting kids play to visit our park.’  

A park in Japan has been dubbed 'the land health and safety forgot' as it allows children to play with knives, climb onto roofs and even light fires.

A park in Japan has been dubbed ‘the land health and safety forgot’ as it allows children to play with knives, climb onto roofs and even light fires.

Hanegi Play Park in Tokyo operates under the philosophy children are better to play freely than be restricted by safety

Hanegi Play Park in Tokyo operates under the philosophy children are better to play freely than be restricted by safety

Children operate sharpened saws, nails, and hammers. They even light bonfires and have open air cookouts

Children operate sharpened saws, nails, and hammers. They even light bonfires and have open air cookouts

The park's wooden slides and climbing frames are handmade by children who play in the park, while signs are dotted around that read 'play at your own risk'

The park’s wooden slides and climbing frames are handmade by children who play in the park, while signs are dotted around that read ‘play at your own risk’

Parents that take their children there use the park as a way to teach them. Speaking to Sora News , one mother said 'Of course sometimes the kids get small injuries, but that¿s usually a learning experience for them'

Parents that take their children there use the park as a way to teach them. Speaking to Sora News , one mother said ‘Of course sometimes the kids get small injuries, but that’s usually a learning experience for them’

A girl plays on a swing

A girl sits atop a high totem pole with no safety features

The park lets children sit high on totem poles (right) and swing on ropes tied to trees (left)

Children can play with shovels and bricks and rocks in the park

Children can play with shovels and bricks and rocks in the park

Open fires are a common site in the park - they are used both for cooking and for playing

Open fires are a common site in the park – they are used both for cooking and for playing

Some children use the park as a place to play with mud and climb trees

Some children use the park as a place to play with mud and climb trees

Children climb atop a small house in the park

Children climb atop a small house in the park



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