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Why!? Programming is a TV program about Scratch broadcasted by NHK in Japan. Below this, all the time zone is JST.

Broadcasting so far

Season 1

In February 2016, it was announced that a TV program about programming was going to be broadcasted.[1] They were broadcasted in March 2016, 15:00. There were five episodes:

Season 2

Season 2 was held from August 1, 2016 to August 3, 2016. The episodes of the season were:

  • Make a funhouse (broadcast) Program Jason:iteration with selection
  • Let it rain in Max's farm (cloning, random number) Fix Jason:default value
  • Let a frog jump (jumping) Program Jason:abstraction

There is a new website named "WaiWai Programming". (see below)

Season 3

Season 3 was broadcasted in March 2017. The episodes of the season were:

Becoming a Regular TV Show

It was decided that Why!? Programming became a regular TV program. It is now broadcasted at 9:55 on Thursdays.

  • Join to the Why!? Ogiri!
  • Fix the miracle butterfly (pen) Jason is here:in the fridge
  • Fix the funny noodle shop (list) Jason is here:faucet with sensor
  • Fix "Super Robot WONDERFUL" (connecting to a board via phone connector) Jason is here:traffic light
  • Let a frog return home (scrolling) Fix Jason:wait until block


  • Atsugiri Jason
  • Ram - voice by Noriko Hidaka
  • Prog - voice by IKKAN


Except some special cases (such as "Join to the Why!? Ogiri!"), they have three segments:

  • Main segment is separated by 2 parts.
  • Program Jason (sometimes Fix Jason) or Jason is here (between the first and second main segment)
  • Scratcher's Program (the last segment of the TV program)

Main Segment

Jason programs something and Ram and Prog help him. All the programs are available at the NHK_for_School account on Scratch.

Program Jason

This segment discusses the basic programming technology of some programs.

Fix Jason

This segment is a scene where something is wrong with Jason's program. No answers to fix them are discussed in the TV program, but the answers are available on the official website.

Jason is here

Nowadays a lot of things are programmed. This segment tells how they work with a simple script.

Scratcher's Project

This segment is an interview with the programmer of the Scratch Project.

WaiWai Programming

WaiWai Programming (Creative Kids Get-together) is a Scratch programmers' community website.

Why!? Ogiri

Why!? Ogiri (@midnight for Scratch) is a famous Scratch contest. Every month Scratchers apply a project and some projects are selected. The theme is "Make something with voice or sound!" now.

Scratchers' Projects

Any Scratchers can apply their shared projects in Scratch for it. This is not the same as the segment of the TV program.

Getting Started with Scratch

This is a video tutorial to join Scratch.


This is an interview with some real programmers.

Videos about Scratch Blocks

There are a lot of videos that tell viewers how to use a block. Currently there are six categories.

International Emmy Awards

This TV program was nominated for 2017 International Emmy Awards Kids:Digital department.[2]


  1. English translation: "We are making successfully.", 27 February 2016, post:1816946
  2. https://www.iemmys.tv/news_item.aspx?id=228

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