The rainy season is well and truly upon us, with some frightful downpours scattered across the Kanto region.
Just recently, the Sayama zoo had its annual firefly event – the park breeds fireflies in a special enclosure and opens it to the public once a year. Just ￥500 to get my family that and the night zoo option is pretty good value.
Unfortunately, the delicate nature of fireflies negates any possibility of photography – as do the rules – so you’ll have to take my word for it.
When it’s not raining I still try to commute to work by bike. Firstly, I’m pretty tight. Every day I ride, I save myself ￥400. Secondly, I need the exercise, especially now that my budo activities have been put on hold. Thirdly, encounters are better made on bike than on a train.
I had yet another encounter with a Japanese rat snake, and decided to get some simple video footage. You’ll have to excuse the fact that it looks tiny through the phone lens – this particular individual would have been about 120 cm long.
Not all my encounters are in such good condition. Earlier that same morning I spotted the carcass of an Asian palm civet – probably hit by a vehicle. And the day before, I stumbled across a mole – an animal rarely seen – in much the same condition.
Warning: some readers my find the following photograph disturbing.
An idea that came to me during my last post was some of the road signs warning drivers to beware of animals on the road. There are four main signs, with a few variations…plus a number of regional signs.
…plus a number of regional signs.
I’ve saved one of my more interesting finds for last. A page from the Hiroshima City Office notes a sign on route 191 warning drivers to look out for otters – an animal not seen since the early 1970’s and declared extinct in 2012!