Stray Animals in Japan

I met my first stray cat when I went jogging in Japan. There are many domestic cats walking around (so far I have never seen a stray dog here), but strays always look different and give me different looks. That skinny cat I met had white fur, with lots of dirty stains and even some blood ones. Luckily, I could see him/her again when I went to the same spot again.

An Excellent Day at Maruyama Zoo

To be honest, I didn’t like Maruyama Zoo when I first went there about 15 years ago. The enclosures were small and made of concrete and the animals seemed unhappy. But the zoo has changed and is still changing. There has been a large amount of construction work to enlarge the animal's space and to improve the viewing experience.

Koi as Japan's National Fish

“Koi” means Japanese carp. Koi is popular not only in Japan, but also among the world. As far back as, 2500 years, Koi was found in China and Eastern Asia. Japanese Koi fish, which is known as Nishikigoi in Japan is the National Fish of Japan. Not only that, but there is also a belief that these fishes can also bring you luck, if you raise them. So, let’s know more about these Japanese Koi Fish!

Tracking Dinosaurs in Nagano

It is not unheard of to travel to Nagano to see the Snow Monkeys stewing in the local hot springs or onsen, or to head to Zenkouji temple, but the throng of dinosaur statues in the Dinosaur park leading up to the Chausuyama zoo may just have trumped the lot.

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