As for pandas, a new baby of panda in UENO Zoo in TOKYO attracted public attention some year’s ago – named SHANSHAN. But for KANSAI people, who live in Osaka and surroundings, pandas are more common because of Adventure World in SHIRAHAMA. In this park, new baby pandas are periodically born. Maybe it has the great breeding skill.
One of the wonderful places in SHIRSHAMA(白浜) is Adventure World. This is an amusement park which has a zoo.
There are many kinds of animals in this park. And the most popular one is pandas. I visited this park this year – the 2nd January
I also could see a lot of animals at close-range.
Kenya Train was very good to see animals such as lion, tiger, cheetah, zebra, ・・・, at the Safari World.
Many customers was feeding elephants and giraffes at this area. maybe there is a way going there on foot.
At the Marine World, dolphin’s show was amazing.
There were a lot of penguins and a polar bear in this area.
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When I went to SHIRAHAMA(白浜) this new year’s day, I visited the amazing market named TORETORE ICHIBA(とれとれ市場).
Many kinds of fresh seafood, local specialties such as sweets made with local flutes, souvenirs are sold at this market.
When I visited this market was just new year’s day, so I had expected that it was not so crowded. But a lot of people visited this market at that time.
There is a food court in this market and fresh SUSHI, many kinds of grilled seafood are sold. Those were very yummy!!
I usually go to my parent’s house on the new year’s day. My siblings and their family gather there. My mother prepared special meal for us every year. But she is getting older, so she said that it was very tough work and she wanted to go traveling and eat meals at quiet inn. Therefore I made a plan of the travel for this new year’s day.
The destination was SHIRAHAMA!! I selected SHIRAHAMA in WAKAYAMA prefecture – it is very popular with OSAKA people. Also it is a little bit far from OSAKA – it takes 3 hours by car. But there are very good ONSEN or hot spring bath and it is located near the sea, so we can enjoy delicious seafood.
The hotel we stayed.
The sunset was very beautiful.
There is a good place to see great scenery named SENJOJIKI or Rock Formation. It takes 5 minutes from the hotel on foot.
The emperor abdicates from the throne in favor of the prince at the end of this month because he is very old. His son is enthroned as the new emperor on May 1st. Each emperor has his title of era and when the emperor changes this title changes at the same time. The current emperor’s title is HEISEI, So it is over at that time. The new title was decided already. That is REIWA (令和). The meaning is ‘ Beautiful Harmony’.
The period from the end of April to the beginning of May is called GOLDEN WEEK because some national holidays are concentrated in this period.
SHOWA’s Day / April 29
Constitution Memorial Day / May 3
Greenery Day / May 4
Children’s Day / May 5
Besides them, there are 2 weekends around them. This year’s Golden Week is longer than usual, because there is the enthronement ceremony for the new emperor on May 1st – that day becomes national holiday. In addition, April 30th and May 2nd specially become national holidays. Also May 5 is Sunday this year, next Monday becomes the substitute holiday. So 10 consecutive holidays is totally made.
COUNTRY MA’AM is one of the popular confections in Japan – it is a bag of cookie. The tast is like a homemade cookie, although it is actually mass-produced one. The outside is crispy and the inside is soft – actually, the dough consists of two layers. In adition, it has chocolate-chip inside.
A confection manufacturer named FUJIYA began to make this over 30 years ago – FUJIYA makes a lot of attractive confections, cakes, beverages and so on.
The basic flavours are vanilla and cocoa.
The one warmed up in the microwave is more delicious.
The very strong typhoon is coming to Japan today. It is expected that it will hit KANSAI area in the afternoon. The disruption of traffic is expected. JR line already decided to stop the all trains until 10 am, also NANKAI line and HANKYU line decided to stop the all trains until noon. Then there is a possibility that they will not operate them at all.
Besides them, the major tourist attractions – KAIYUKAN aquarium, USJ, the major department stores in OSAKA city will be closed.
The very strong wind and heavy rain is expected, so please check the information and pay attention for them.
Today is BOUSAI-NO-HI. BOUSAI means the disaster prevention. About 60 years ago (1960), September 1 was designated as BOUSAI-NO-HI to raise awareness of disaster prevention because a great earthquake called KANTO-DAISHINSAI(関東大震災) happened and over 100,000 people were killed on September 1 in 1923 – KANTO(関東) is the middle area of Japan including TOKYO. In addition, this season is the typhoon season, so we need to raise awareness of prevention for it more in this period – disaster drills are conducted here and there.
Recently, the number of typhoons in a year is increasing and the scale is getting huger. It is said that the global warming is cause of it.
In fact, western Japan got severe damage by heavy rain we have never experienced this year.
The weather forecast expects that another huge typhoon will hit Japan.
We need to watch out for it.
I went to a restroom in a department store these days. The one in department store is very clean – comparing with the other places, department stores keep restrooms clean.
In addition, disinfectant is put beside a toilet seat – users can disinfect the toilet seat by themselves before using.
Are we very fastidious about cleanliness?
Do you need it?
I think it is good that there is a baby chair in the male restroom, though.