I Went To The Toba Aquarium…Two Months Ago

May 5, 2010

Gripping first image

Gripping first image

Not sure how this got lost in my pile of things to do, consider I don’t really have any such stack to sort. Well…two months ago I visited the Toba Aquarium, one of the biggest aquariums in Japan. I meant to post photos about three days after I visited. It is now May, and I finally am doing this. Enjoy some outdated pics!

Toba

Toba

Toba

Toba

Otter Statue...

Otter Statue...

...Otter Mailbox

...Otter Mailbox

Toba’s a relatively small seaside town that feels more like a suburb of much-bigger Ise. The combination of forested islands and heavy rainfall immediately conjured images of the Pacific Northwest, or at least what everyone thinks about when they picture the Pacific Northwest. Every other store seemed to be selling pearls. Nobody seemed to be out, most likely because of the rain. Toba seems to exist to hold an aquarium.

Creepy fish

Creepy fish

Seals!

Seals!

More!

More!

It was a very impressive place, even if trying to describe it leaves me without words. It was like a really good aquarium…but better. Degree paying off. Just gawk at some more photos.

Dah they are graduating school

Dah they are graduating school

Dining area

Dining area

Stared at this manatee for so long

Stared at this manatee for so long

Blugblugblug

Blugblugblug

Massive crab

Massive crab

Squeaky otter you can barely see

Squeaky otter you can barely see

Penguin

Penguin

Well that doesn't look fun

Well that doesn't look fun

Huh…maybe the reason I didn’t post this sooner was because my photos weren’t anything special. Welp, now it’s done.

(Japanese Fun Fact #59 – The hot spot in Osaka at the moment? Krispy Kreme. The donut emporium finally touched down in Japan’s second city recently, and the citizens of the place are going batshit about it. I passed by the location this weekend…and saw a pretty impressive line formed outside the door [around the block maybe?] made up of people just dying to enjoy mediocre dessert items. All around town, people carried Krispy Kreme bags stacked with two to three boxes of donuts around, like they were showing off a Gucci bag.)

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