Thursday, February 24, 2011

Is that a panda in my cup?

Was it only last year we were in Japan? I guess it was. We stayed in the area of Ueno in Tokyo. We took a lap of Ueno Park one day and heard blood curdling noises coming from behind wire fences and shrubbery. It sounded like an animal being tortured. No one about us took a scrap of notice, so we took their lead. Later we worked out we had been at the outer edge of Tokyo Zoo.

Had there been a panda in the zoo, I doubt we could have resisted. They have one there now. More of the story is told in The Age.


  1. Sweet and cute and fluffy lil things.

  2. Love that coffee! I'm surprised that didn't take off in Adelaide when the pandas moved in!! Or maybe it did, and I just didn't notice ...

  3. The world loves Pandas Jayne.

    A missed marketing opportunity Red.

  4. Anonymous3:52 pm

    Ooh, I might go visit them in April! I saw the last two before they, sadly, died. I wonder if there'll be any little pandas...If there are, you can imagine the kind of hoohar that will create! V.

  5. Yes V, a baby panda would start a craze. I can see keyrings, panda hats, black and white clothing.
    Sadly they are difficult to breed. You may remember in China they had to show them panda porn to get them going.

  6. Anonymous6:47 pm

    Panda porn, hey? I hadn't heard that! No wonder they're endangered.
    Did you know that if any babies are born, they must be returned to China? Apparently it's in the contract...V.

  7. V, in the prestigious and historic northern Japanese city where you live, local people would know nothing of porn, so I am not really surprised that you are ignorant of panda porn. I can see the Chinese line of thinking. Money is to be made from panda cubs.