Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Found my relatives in Japan

I have been hoping to see the famous Japanese macaque monkeys close up for a long time. They are quite famous in that at least one troop of them living in the snow country of Nagano prefecture makes a habit of spending time in hot spring water.
Prior to driving around Yakushima we saw a poster with one of the "saru" monkeys riding a "shika" or Japanese deer. I was sceptical, but after seeing multiple monkeys, including one less than a meter away from a deer, I believe it could happen.
It was a beautiful warm sunny day on an island that measures rainfall in meters, not centimetres or inches. We saw many monkeys in sunny areas including the middle of the road, so that we had to carefully maneuver our micro-van around them.

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