Tokyo Skytree Aquarium, Summer Festivals, misc

Tokyo Skytree Aquarium, Summer Festivals, misc

8/7/2012

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Summer Festivals

Summer is the time for festivals in Japan, especially the mikoshi matsuri. A mikoshi is a small shrine that is carried around the neighborhood once a year... think of it as taking a Shinto god for a walk.

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Preparing the mikoshi
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Taiko drum on a wagon
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Musicians
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At the end of the day, it gets parked in a temporary shelter, set up for just a few days
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Sumida Suizokukan (Aquarium)

At the base of Tokyo Skytree there is a small aquarium. This one doesn't have so many large animals, but they do have a jellyfish breeding program.

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Penguin exhibit
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Chambered nautilus
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Garden eels
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Young jellyfish
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Miscellaneous

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Cheeky pigeon trying to steal Pete's treats!
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Scott and Taiyo
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Ian with either too much ice, or too small a glass
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Endoh-san likes a little rice with his rice
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Last picnic just too much fun... Kiana had to bail out for a while