One week in August, Ueno Zoo in Tokyo has a “Night Zoo” event. We went to it yesterday. We’ve been to it before too (click here to see my post about it in 2011).
Before we went to the zoo, we stopped for lunch at 東京駅 (Tokyo Station):
An 「駅弁」 (Train station “bento”) shop. Have you ever had a Japanese “bento”?
You can watch them preparing the bento meals.
The 「銀の鈴」 (“Silver Bell”) in Tokyo Station…a popular meeting spot.
「チキンラーメン」 (“Chicken Ramen”)
The one on the left says 「有休とります」 (“I’m gonna take a holiday”) to give your boss or co-workers. The other says 「ごめんね」 (“I’m sorry”) to give someone as an apology.
The Ultraman Shop’s “manager”.
The less-photographed entrance of 東京駅 (Tokyo Station).
The popular Japanese cartoon character “Doraemon” in the small children’s mini-amusement park outside Ueno Zoo.
I have many memories of taking my kids to this 「こども遊園地」 (Kids’ Amusement Park) when they were little.
The entrance to Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. We went to the zoo in the afternoon and stayed until the end of the “Night Zoo” event.
We could see the pandas eating, rather than sleeping – as they usually are.
シンシン (メス) … (“Shin-Shin” the female panda).
リーリー (オス) …. (“Ri-Ri” the male panda).
The polar bear was a highlight for us because it was feeding time when we happened to go to that exhibit…and also, Ueno Zoo has added a new viewing area where we could watch him swim!
Huge ゾウガメ (Giant Tortoise)
コビトカバ (Pygmy Hippo)
The sun was setting and “Night Zoo” began.