If you google “Japan national animal” right now, what do you see?
Photos would show pandas, right? Heh.
These cuddle-worthy animals can be seen all throughout the Tokyo -in billboards, posters, and even on a teenager’s bag.
Are pandas declared as the national animal of Japan? Japanese seem to have a fascination with the black and white mammal.
To know more about their panda-ddiction, we proceeded to visit a zoo located in Ueno right after going to the Kitkat boutique in Ikebukuro.
We arrived at around 4pm in the afternoon, near its closing hours. Good thing, it’s a weekday so the zoo’s not packed.
Look! They have a panda mail box! So cute!
Many visitors are observing the panda and all they do is sit right there and be cute all day. Haha! I have a video where they roam around their place!
Then we saw another kind –the red panda, hanging lazily in the branch of a tree. It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and shorter front legs.
Just like the giant panda, it feeds mainly on bamboo, but can also eats insects, birds, eggs, and small mammals. It is an unsociable animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn just like me haha. If not for its color and size, it could be mistaken for a bigger kind of cat.
Happy Feet! Now here’s my part of the trip: If my sister came for the pandas, I came for the penguins.
Then we proceeded to roam around the zoo and I noticed these people. For some reason, all the Japanese senior look adorable. The way they dress and carry themselves is youthful –not necessarily the type who hasn’t deal with their age yet– they just look and feel young to me.