入場無料

4 May

今日は緑の日 (Today is Greenery Day).

Many 動物園 (zoos) and 水族館 (aquariums) in Japan were open to the public today with 入場無料 (free admission). This happens three days year…you can go in these places for free on 緑の日 (Greenery Day), the anniversary of day that the zoo / aquarium first opened, and Citizen’s Day.
For example, 上野動物園 (Ueno Zoo) in Tokyo has free admission on March 20 (開園記念日 (the anniversary of the day that the zoo first opened)), May 4 (緑の日 (Greenery Day)), and October 1 (都民の日 (Tokyo Citizen’s Day))…(Click here to see my 1 October 2009 post about the zoo.)

(BTW, 上野動物園 (Ueno Zoo) always offers free admission to children who are junior-high-school aged or younger (and who go to a school in Tokyo), and also to the disabled and one assistant.)

We decided to go to 上野動物園 (Ueno Zoo) today.
As it always is when the admission is free…it was very crowded there today!

I took a number of photos…but due to the crowds, it was difficult to get good photos. So many of my photos (including my photo of the gorillas, flamingos, and the new baby rhino didn’t turn out well).

But here are some of my photos:

鯉のぼり (Carp Streamers); a Japanese 「子供の日」 ("Children's Day") (May 5) decoration.

鯉のぼり (Carp Streamers); a Japanese 「子供の日」 ("Children's Day") (May 5) decoration.

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ありくい (Aardvark)

ありくい (Aardvark)

ハリネズミ (Porcupine)

ハリネズミ (Porcupine)

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2 Responses to “入場無料”

  1. Mom May 7, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    This is the zoo we visited with you, isn’t it? I loved it! there were so many great animals there. we have lots of photos of our trip there. I wish there was a really nice zoo close to us. we did go to one somewhere in NC years ago, but it was so bad and we felt bad for the animals there. did you hear about the crazy lady who jumped a wall in some zoo into the polar bear’s lake? she was lucky to live through it! I don;t blame those polar bears for trying to attacking her, they probably thought she was there next meal.

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    • tokyo5 May 7, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

      >This is the zoo we visited with you, isn’t it?

      Yes. Japan’s first zoo. There are better ones around Tokyo that we like to go to. Next time you come to Tokyo, we’ll take you to a great zoo.

      >did you hear about the crazy lady who jumped a wall in some zoo into the polar bear’s lake?

      No. But I heard about a man who jumped into the panda’s enclosure in a zoo in China because he “wanted to hug the cute panda”…and the “cute” panda mauled him!

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