Last Saturday, we spent the day at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise which is an amusement park / aquarium in Yokohama. Haru had been asking us to take her there for weeks, so we decided to take a trip, since she hadn’t been to a zoo or aquarium type place in a while.
It was my second time there, but Haru had never been there before so everything was new for her. The park is quite big for an aquarium, and full of all kinds of aquatic animals. I usually don’t like zoos or aquariums (especially in Japan) because there’s just not enough space for these animals to comfortably roam free. However, for an aquarium in Japan, it’s a pretty nice sized place.
Haru seemed to enjoy the aquarium a lot. There was even a petting zoo, where kids can pet and hold aquatic animals like star fish and hermit crabs. In some respects, it’s kind of disastrous because, despite all of the signs posted and the countless announcements made, kinds handle these animals pretty poorly and some parents don’t watch them. We made absolutely made sure that Haru handled the animals carefully and she did pretty well with them.
Haru wasn’t too impressed with the sea cucumbers at fist and she refused to touch them at first. Admittedly, I wasn’t too thrilled with them either, but after I picked one up and held it, she did the same.
I think our favorite part of the day was at the dolphin tank. These animals are so incredibly intelligent, it absolutely disgust me to think that there are people in this country who senselessly and brutally slaughter them for food. They are so smart that they knew that I was trying to take a picture of Haru and actually posed and did flips behind her. Everyone was amazed, except for me because I know how truly intelligent they are.
The overall day was very nice. Haru, of course, wants to go back again to visit the amusement park side.