Two weekends ago, a group from Allan's office went to the zoo or dobutsuen. It was pretty much the same group of people who went to the aquarium a month previous.
Here are two of the inmates. These elephants (zo in japanese) had an area not much larger than your yard to walk around (and around and around) all day, every day. Rhinos, giraffes & kangaroos were equally cramped. BTW... the Japanese word for giraffe is kirin, like the beer. This zoo also had several insect exhibits... odd.
This is all the males in the group. The three ladies worked as photographers.
Yokosuka is a rockin' town (apparently). These two are selling tequilla shots on the street for 500 yen. I should mention that while driving while under the influence will get your license revoked for life, walking while under the influence is a non-punishable offense. >>>
I shopped for an hour and came away empty-handed.
A short subway ride to Asakusa and we took a boat tour. It was the first time I've been anywhere in Japan, where there was no English. I recognized about 10 words, but Allan had his Japan tour book, so we recognized this as the Asahi beer building. I think the symbol on top looks like a jalapeno pepper, but Allan agrees with the book that it resembles something a bit less savory. UCK!!
This is what our boat looked like. And here is the Tokyo skyline. Have I mentioned that Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world to live in? With the dollar/yen exchange rate, Yokosuka is getting pretty expensive as well.
There's no shortage of unusual architecture in Asia. This building was not in the tour book, but it looks like something Brian might have built with an erector set. After the ride, we found a restaurant and had great Chinese food. Thinking that Trey and Alex might want to stay in Tokyo when we headed back, we jumped on a train and headed for Shibuya (where we saw Hachi). We stopped in Starbucks overlooking a busy shopping area, for some people watching.
We're coming to the end of our first year in Japan. There's still plenty we haven't seen and done. Our list is pretty full, but when someone we know returns from an exotic place with a great story, our list gets longer. For now, we're sticking close to home.