Disclaimer: Yes, it's crazy that Zoo's have animals living in captivity and it's totally morally, ethically, economically, politically, regionally, dangerously, and nautically wrong. Let's avoid debates, and just enjoy the pictures and adventure we had with our friends.
I'll try to let the pictures do most of the speaking
my bike accident). The morning was super freezing and we had to move fast to keep on schedule. We biked east to the river, south along the river, then east again to our meeting place.Then we walked to the Zoo.
|Picture taken later that day in front of an Elephant!|
And here starts the photo's! I posted them in the order we walked around. Try to explore everything about the photo's. Remember, this isn't just any ordinary zoo....it's a zoo in Kyoto! Are people's reactions the same in Japanese culture? When we see a cute animal do both cultures react the same? How does a parent act when their child is misbehaving? How do parents act when their kids are around? Is everything strict? relaxed? stressful?
Our friends and hosts Atsuhiro-san's family is super fun and relaxed; so, we had a good time.
|See explanation: left|
|Looking at the Mountain Cat|
|There's a lion behind us|
|I said the lion was just chillin but then had to launch into an explanation about the meaning of this idiom. (in Japanese)|
|Tiger kept on coming up to the kids near the fence when they stood for a picture there|
|I got there just in the nick of time to catch the falling tree with my finger.|
|Afterwards we accidentally returned home with the monkey instead..|
|In Yoshiharu's hand, they love playing with our electronic dictionary|
|Koopa Troopa's !!|
|Playing / hiding from Kailey|
|Drawing the animals onto the electronic dictionary|
|It was dark in there, almost pitch-black|
|"Hey look! an anteater!"...|
|...Anteater loses to electronic dictionary...|
|Where'd he go?|
|Petting Zoo and rain|
|They had a place to hold rabbits and guinea pigs for the kids too|
Back outside to walk towards the exit!
We all warmed ourselves up a little and then we were off home!