Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What One Likes...

At this time of the year, I am always saying “ I can’t believe it’s already the end of year"
Christmas is just around the corner.
Well, Santa may not be scheduled to come to little Sho (my grandson, 1 year and 9 months old) this year, instead, my husband and I invited his family to Adventure World at Shirahama at the end of November.

As is always the case with training animals, I hear the knack of training a dolphin is to reward it with food for every successful performance. However, the first step is to build a trusting relationship by taking good care of them. Dolphins are said to be naturally smart and playful. A trainer says she just waits for them to get interested in doing something and encourages them to do more and further. Eventually they try to reward her patience and tender loving care with their good performance. Pleasure becomes mutual. 

I don't know how long it has taken but their wonderful art of collaboration was amazingly fun and moving.


Dolphines  are moving around with a trainer on their heads affectionately and proudly.

A young white bear was playing with a ball jumping in and out of water, making a splash.   


A penguine was just like Sho

A giant panda was nonchalantly munching bamboo leaves in a leisurely manner. That reminded me when my family went to see a giant panda at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo some decades ago. Two giant pandas were given from China to commemorate restoration of  diplomatic relations with Japan in 1972.  They died in around ten years, however,   at that time there was another one. It was still the center of attraction and all we remembered was a large crowd with the attendants urging us visitors to move forward without stopping. This time visitors were few and we enjoyed watching them in our own time. Soon after that I knew twin cubs were born here.

My cat Coo is very curious about Sho’s plaything. While  Sho is at my house, Coo usually keeps his distance  from him and peeps at him playing with those things in the nook. “When cat’s away”, Coo will play. After Sho is gone, the world is Coo’s oyster. Who knows when Coo will be a performing cat; counting the number or spotting colors..



Best wishes for happy holidays and a happy new year,  dear friends!
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