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2007.08.15

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Absolutely Tokyo!

Your pictures, as usual, are so beautiful! I'm surprised by the emptiness of the bridge, and seeing absolutely no one at the tables in the garden of birds and flowers. Where were all the cars and people?
The birds are really wonderful and I can totally understand the feelings you had about the little conure as I've always believed in a silent communication between humans and animals. When you experience it, it's so heart warming! I do, however, feel sorry for any bird in captivity (or any wild animal for that matter) as it seems so unnatural and makes me wonder how they can adapt. One more thing, I know you like summers, but I see you were wearing a long-sleeved shirt. Wasn't it very hot and humid? As much as I miss Japan, I don't miss the summers!

mina

Wow, the photo of the dining area with hanging flowers is really beautiful, I've never seen anything like it! Nice pictures of a lovely day.

Absolutely Tokyo!

I just realized you weren't wearing long sleeves! It looks more like a sleeve for holding birds. I'm such a dufus!

David

I've been to four zoos in my life: Stanley Park zoo which is now shut, Vancouver Game Farm, notorious for it's bad record on animal care (better now, but still bad), a zoo in Washington State, and Ueno Park Zoo. Ueno Park really amazed me, basically because of how much they packed into such a small area. The variety of fauna is also much better than the zoos in the Vancouver area. It's still a zoo, so conditions aren't ideal, but I liked it a lot. I can't say anything about the exhibits in Kobe, and I kind of regret not visiting that city.

Su-Lin

That photo of you with the toucan (first one) is so lovely! That looks like a terrific place to visit!

Francesca

These birds are beautiful! You are so fortunate to have experienced this.

Amy

AT, The lack of traffic was really wierd. As for the lack of people at Kachoen, maybe it's because it just opened this year, and also because we arrived rather late it the day. Whatever the reason, I certainly wasn't complaining!
Yup, they provided fabric arm guards. I don't do long sleeves in the summer!

David, interesting. Ueno Zoo made me cry, but it was a long time ago that I visited and I didn't see much of it. Hopefully things have improved.

Thank you Mina, Su-lin and Francesca!

Nina

Aww, the interaction with the sun conure you described was so cute (:

I have a parrot. A citron cockatoo. She's my baby girl. I can assure you that that little orange birdie on your hand is much more intelligent and emotionally complex than you give him/her credit for. I love owning a bird. You're totally right though. Most people don't get birds till they spend some time with one (I'm mostly refering to parrots large and small)

If you are thinking about getting a feathered friend, be sure to read up on raising them. Because they are so emotionally complex, it's very easy for them to develop behavior problems (screaming, plucking, biting). Just make sure you're prepared for what you get yourself into. The rate at which parrots (especially sun conures due to their noise levels) end up in shelters and sanctuaries is enough to make my heart ache.

Take care,
(:
-n

Amy

Nina, wow! Thanks for all the wonderful information. It turns out that birds are not allowed in my building (along with dogs, cats and practically everything else) but some day I hope to have one.

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