Yup! You read it right. The Sophomore Slump is now in Japan. I’m excited to blog about my travel adventures here in Japan, and I’m starting it with a BANG!
These monkeys are, for the lack of a better word, so adorable.
They’re placid. They go about and do their own things nonchalantly.
They know they are the superstars, and they do not mind posing for the camera.
Then they soak themselves in a hot spring.
- Washing the … uhm … tail-end. 🙂
They are so entertaining, amusing, to see them interact with each other.
And with celebrity monkeys comes monkey paparazzi. 🙂
My pictures here actually pale in comparison from the ones you see on the web. Just Google it, and you’ll see. For one, I used only a cellphone, Samsung S6 (not that it doesn’t take good pictures per se). Also, our timing is a little off. It’s better to get there when it’s absolutely cold because there are more monkeys appearing and they do huddle together for warmth.
One of the cautions is not to eat or even show food to the monkeys. I saw one slick monkey grabbed a juice box from the side of a woman’s bag. It was quite enjoyable to watch.
… And look at it stare as if no monkey business just happened. 😀
The actual name for snow monkey is Japanese macaque. You only get to see them here. The exact location is Yamanouchi-machi in Nagano Perfecture. I will definitely come back next year, and will plan for better timing.
I am so grateful for this unique travel experience.