If you haven’t read Day 1 & 2 of my Japan Trip 2017 blog series, please do so before reading this post for context and continuity’s sake. Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 & 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11/12, Day 13, Day 14 and Day 15 & 16 are also available to read.
Day 17, what’s in store? We went to visit Ueno, specifically Ueno Park and Ueno Zoo. And it’s an absolutely gorgeous place–specifically Ueno Park.
Looks like a pretty place. Indeed and it was a nice day. Though we had a rather unique experience when we were in the main thoroughfare of Ueno Park. Five middle schoolers and their teacher approached us with questionnaires and questions to ask us in English to help practice their English skills. They asked us some generic questions about where we were from and what we liked about Japan, then they asked what my favourite sport was. I replied “I don’t like sport but I like anime!” and they asked me which ones, I had to wrack my brain to think of one that was suitable for middle school boys and Sharon suggested ‘Assassination Classroom’ I said to her “it’s not called that in Japanese, but I couldn’t remember it’s name in Japanese and so I just said Koro-sensei” and they all excitedly exclaimed “ah, Koro-sensei! Koro-sensei!” It was a really fun and endearing experience.
Sounds like it. So what about the zoo? Can we expect lots of pictures of animals now? Nope. Zero pictures of animals, I’ve never really been a fan of zoo’s at the best of times and the zoo’s in Japan don’t really have the best reputation. Ueno Zoo is apparently among the better Japanese Zoo’s in terms of animal enclosure sizes and cleanliness but it was still kinda depressing. So here’s some pictures of the scenery inside the zoo.
Zoo pics without animals, fair play. Anything else happen? We had Indian food for lunch at Ueno Station, unexpectedly delicious. (Well I say “unexpected” but it’s hard to get legitimately ~bad~ food in Japan unless you’re really trying).
Right, and is that it for the day? Because that only seems like half a day. That’s all the photos on my phone which must mean after lunch we must have headed back to Akihabara and just went anime shopping for the rest of the day. I don’t even know what we had for dinner! Once again I apologise for being so bad at travel blogging–i’ll do better next trip I promise!
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