2015 No.16


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Japan, a Place for Relaxation and Soothing Comfort


Unwinding with Animals

The rich natural environment of Japan is home to an abundant diversity of animals. Many have developed close relationships with people, becoming almost like companions. Cute to look at, they help us unwind and can be encountered at zoos or tourist spots in different parts of the country, or as beloved pets.

Photos: Aflo and The Yomiuri Shimbun

Wild Japanese monkeys relax in a hot spring, in a wintry tableau. (Jigokudani Yaen-koen, Nagano Prefecture)

The Shiba dog is an ancient breed still in existence today in Japan. Small in size, it has been loved for centuries.

The march of the penguins is a big attraction at this zoo, which is well known for its style of ethological exhibitions, showing the animals’ original native behavior and capabilities. (Asahiyama Zoo, Hokkaido)

Sika deer at Todai-ji Temple in the historic city of Nara. They have been said to be messengers of the gods.

This aquarium has the world’s best variety of jellyfish displays. (Kamo Aquarium, Yamagata Prefecture)