pythagoras switchi

PythagoraSwitch (ピタゴラスイッチ Pitagora Suitchi?), airing on NHK since 2002, is a 15 minute Japanese educational television program where childrens’ “way of thinking” is augmented under the supervision of Masahiko Satō (佐藤雅彦?) and Masumi Uchino (内野真澄?). Also, 5 minute format PythagoraSwitch Mini is available.

The devices that appear during the beginning, ending, and between each corner (segment) are called Pythagorean Device (ピタゴラ装置 Pitagora Sōchi?) in the program; these devices are of a kind that people in the US might recognize as “Rube Goldberg machines“, or which British people might consider “Heath Robinson” contraptions. The main focus of the program is a puppet show, but the subject is mainly advanced by the small corners. World phenomena, principles, characteristics, and the like are introduced in an entertaining way. As a feature of the show “Pitagora Suitchi” is sung to catch and focus attention on an important point.

Dankichi Kuruma (車だん吉?), Jun Inoue (井上順?), Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (草彅剛?), et al are voice actors who perform and call out the topics.

Here’s a honda-take on Pythagoras Switchi:


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