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Baby Rhino

2 May

黄金週間 (Golden Week) has begun today.
And today is also my youngest daughter’s birthday. She’s thirteen now!
So now I officially have three teenage daughters! 😉

Yesterday, 上野動物園 (Ueno Zoo) in Tokyo showed their new 白サイ (White Rhino) baby to the public for the first time.

The new baby White Rhino at Ueno Zoo.

The new baby White Rhino at Ueno Zoo.

The 白サイの赤ちゃん (baby White Rhino) was born in the zoo on Monday, 20 April 2009 at 20時半 (8:30 PM).

Here’s a short clip that shows the baby rhino’s birth, first steps, and nursing for the first time:

The サイ (rhinoceros) has always been my favorite zoo animal. They look like living dinosaurs!

東京ディズニーランドの写真

25 Apr

Last weekend, my daughters went to 東京ディズニーランド (Tokyo Disneyland) together. They took their young six-year-old cousin with them.

While the four of them were at the amusement park, my wife and I went to IKEA (I wrote about that last week. Click here to read it.)

Here are some of the photos that my daughters took (I’m not posting any of the photographs that have my kids or niece in them):

The Tokyo Disney Resort bus

The Tokyo Disney Resort bus

"Daisy Duck"

"Daisy Duck"

"Pooh-san"

"Pooh-san"

A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey with Cinderella's Castle in the background.

A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey with Cinderella's Castle in the background.

"Buzz Lightyear"

"Buzz Lightyear"

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I’m sure you’ve heard in the news about the recent outbreak of a new epidemic in Mexico that has spread to America.
It’s a 豚インフルエンザ (Swine (Pig) Flu)!

First, there was “Mad Cow“, then the “Bird Flu“…and now it’s pigs. Will fish be next?

Japan did a pretty good job of keeping the mad cow and bird flu out of this country. Hoping this new swine flu won’t spread here either!

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Anyways, “Golden Week” has officially started today. Students still have school and most people still have to work until Thursday…but some people get to begin their holidays today.
As with most people though, my family all have our Golden Week holidays from next Saturday (May 2) until Wednesday (April 6)…plus this Wednesday (April 29) is off too (But, Thursday (April 30) and Friday (May 1) are work days).

Wednesday, April 29 is 昭和の日 (Showa Day). (It used to be 緑の日 (Greenery Day)).
Sunday, May 3 is 憲法記念日 (Constitution Day).
Monday, May 4 is now 緑の日 (Greenery Day). (It used to be 国民記念日 (Residents Day).
And Tuesday, May 5 is 子供の日 (Children’s Day).

Because 憲法記念日 (Constitution Day) is on a Sunday this year, it’s observed on Tuesday, May 6.
So most people’s Golden Week is from Saturday May 2 – Tuesday May 6.

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Click here to read my FAQ about the Golden Week holidays.

Also, this year (2009) in Japan, there will be a second Golden Week in September!
This is because 敬老の日 (Respect For The Aged Day) is on the third Monday of September…and 秋分の日 (Autumn Equinox) is on September 23.

This year, the third Monday of September will be on September 21. So since September 21 and 23 will be off…the government made September 22 between them a day-off too.
So, many people will have Saturday, September 19 until Wednesday, September 23 off…a second Golden Week.

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