Capybara Time

I’ve been so busy with work, designing a new portfolio/design-oriented site and preparing for the upcoming Tokyo Design Festa (I’ll be running a small booth along with the lovely Bethann, so if you’re around come check it out!) that I haven’t had time to attend to my poor little blog recently.

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I suppose, however, that an update is long overdue, so here then, are a few pictures from my recent visit to the Ichihara Zo no Kuni (“Elephant Kingdom”). Now you may recall that I trekked off to the remote countryside of Saitama prefecture just last month for some Capybara Onsen adventures. So what brings me to the remote countryside of Chiba prefecture? Well, if you guessed Capybaras, then, my friend, you would be just about right :)

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Now why, if I just finished watching Capybaras take the cutest bath ever, do I need to make another trek to see even more of them? Well, I suppose the biggest difference is that in the Saitama Zoo, you can’t actually touch the capybaras for the most part. But in the Ichihara Zo no Kuni, not only can you touch then, you can also feed them. Feed some capybaras? (Not “feed on”, despite what the lovely Lina might suggest.) Oh yesh. We’re there.

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So with that, Starbucksgirl and I jumped aboard a super expensive and super rickety single-track diesel-powered locomotive and made our way over down to capybara central. There are actually quite a few different animals here in addition to the capybaras and the namesake elephants, but I’ve actually already posted pictures of some of them during a previous visit a couple years ago, so today we’ll just focus on the capybaras and hamsters (apparently, for some inexplicable reason I took like 12 million photos of hamsters during our visit)

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And that’s about it. Nothing much else to say, just a bunch more pictures after the jump.

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Okay, that’s about it. Golden Week starts from today here in Japan, so hopefully I’ll have a chance to get out and take a few more pictures soon. Stay tuned!

Now listening to: “B.o.B – Magic”

This song rocks!

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