Interact with Animals and Watch a Traditional Performance at Tobu Zoo’s Autumn Night Event

28.August.2019 | SPOT

Tobu Zoo will be extending their opening hours on September 14, 15, 21 and 22 to 8pm to hold a special Autumn Night event.

 

Animal Dinner (A chance to feed the animals)

This is a wonderful opportunity to feed the penguins and elephants. 

 

Running: September 14, 15, 21 and 22

Penguin Dinner Time: From 5pm

Elephant Dinner Time: From 5:30pm 

Price: ¥500 per group  (maximum of 25 groups)

For both events above, the feeding time will end once 25 groups have participated. 

 

Animal Night Guide

This is a chance to learn about the lifestyles and fascinating features of each species directly from the team of zookeepers that raise them.

 

Running: September 14, 15, 21, 22 

Monkey World Jungle Night: From 6:10pm (lasts approx. 20 mins)

Lion Night: 7:20pm (lasts approx 10 mins) 

White Tiger Night: 7:30pm (lasts approx 10 mins) 

* The nighttime lion and white tiger guides will replace the daytime guides running from 2:30pm and 2:40pm respectively.

 

Traditional Theatre Performance of an Animal Ghost Story

The team of zookeepers has prepared and handmade a traditional Japanese Kamishibai theatre performance. Kamishibai is a form of Japanese street theatre and storytelling which was particularly popular during the 90s. Join the zookeepers on a quiet evening as they tell an old yet terrifying ghost story. Make sure to check out the zookeeper’s interesting costumes too. 

 

Running: September 15, 22

Times: From 7:00pm (approx. 20 mins long)

Location: Japanese Animal House (日本産動物舎)

 

Autumn Night ZOO Special Event: Penguin Bar

This bar is the perfect place to sip on your favourite spirits whilst enjoying the graceful view of penguins. You can also purchase merchandise here. Some of the merchandise has been designed with the inspiration of the penguins’ names and even their food. 

 

Open: September 14, 21

Opening Hours: 5:30pm ー 8:00pm (last orders: 7:30pm)

Location: Penguin Land 

 

There are so many exhibits and fun attractions running until 8pm. Enjoy a refreshing Autumn night at Tobu Zoo with your family and friends.

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    I love animals!

     

    This is P→★ from TEMPURA KIDZ and welcome to the first entry of my brand new series. I’ll be updating occasionally. What’s a better way to start a series than to make friends with some otters and hedgehogs in Harajuku? Today, I went to HARRY Harajuku Terrace café to do just that!

     

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    It’s not just what’s inside the café, but its location is also worthy of note – it’s just an 8-minute walk from JR Harajuku station and a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Meiji-Jingu station, so it’s easy to drop by after a busy day of being a tourist. The wow-factor of this café is the three very sociable otters. This highly successful café draws in customers that come day after day, seeking the ultimate soothing feeling of bonding with their new friends.

     

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    All their faces look the same, but you can tell them apart by looking at their tails. The otter called Miku has a thin tail, whereas San has a thick one and Kirara has a flat one. Particularly Kirara is brimming with curiosity and is the one with whom you are mostly likely to interact, if you should pop by!

     

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    Full of excitement, the otters reached through the small hole in the tank to ask for food and toys. It was overwhelmingly cute. When they want a treat, they call out with their peculiar squeal. You can purchase snacks for them within the café. If you give them food, your friendship will grow increasingly stronger.

     

    Otter snack prices:

    First-time customers: ¥330 (price including tax)

    Standard price: ¥540 (price including tax)

     

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    As the café name “HARRY” implies, the café has hedgehogs (harinezumi). The hedgehogs heal the tired hearts of all the café visitors. All the hedgehogs are friendly and rarely ever raise their quills at anyone, so you can touch them safely.

     

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    Even I can handle a hedgehog!

    Even though hedgehogs are rather timid, they can still open their hearts to you! I can’t believe that we even touched noses to communicate! It’s amazing!

     

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    The café was once a pet shop that sold rabbits and other small animals. This is it’s first time running business as a café, and that’s why you can not only interact with the animals here, but also buy one to keep. The staff also provide important information on how to properly care for the animals and diseases to which they are prone. If you are interested, then please feel free to ask them any kind of question.

     

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    There are many other animals in the shop. This is a large French Lop rabbit. 3 months after birth, their bodyweight can even reach up to 7kg. Their droopy ears were so cute and their fur was so fluffy! I was filled with happiness.

     

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    …and there were even chinchillas.  They have fluffy tails and look so cute!

     

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    I approached them with some grass for them to snack on, and as soon as they saw me, they ran at me full of energy – we even got a photo together! As all the animals at this café are used to people, it’s easy to take pictures with them to upload on SNS websites!

     

    The café has such a large variety of food for small animals that was quickly noticed by customers who were interested in buying a pet. You can ask the staff what type of food is appropriate for which animal.

     

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    I spent a lot of time surrounded by my favourite animals. I was particularly captured by the otters’ cute behaviour! HARRY Harajuku Terrace gives you the opportunity to freely interact with small animals – something that you can’t really do at a zoo or anywhere else. If you’re in Harajuku, how about stopping by? You may have to wait 30 minutes to enter the café if the store is closed. The café is very popular so I recommend that you reserve in advance!

     

    ■ Information

    HARRY Harajuku Terrace

    Address:Jingu-mae 426 Building floor 3, Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours:11:00-19:00 (Last entries: 18:30)

    Regular closing days: None

    Access:8-min walk from JR Harajuku station, 5-min walk from Meiji-jingu station Tokyo metro line

    URL:http://www.animalcafe.tokyo

     

    Model:P→★(TEMPURA KIDZ)@0830_pika 

    Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

    Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Samantha Fernandes

  • P→★ Animal Café Diary #2: Making Friends with Owls & Hawks at Owl’s Garden in Harajuku

    01.August.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    P→★ from TEMPURA KIDZ loves animals. This is his featured series in which he visits animal cafés in the city.

     

    In this second entry, he made a trip to Owl’s Garden in Harajuku which houses not only owls, but hawks too!

    The café can be found behind Tokyu Plaza, a very favourable location since you can stop by after shopping in Harajuku. It’s a 6-minute walk from Harajuku Station or a 2-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station. Today, P→★ is wearing an outfit inspired by Harry Potter!

    The café interior is styled on an English garden. There are 12 owls and hawks that live there. It’s full of natural light and greenery, making it a nice and comfortable place to relax.

    There are several price plans. The Standard Plan is ¥1,500 which gets you 60 minutes inside. During that time, you’re free to touch the birds, take photos of them and sit them on your arm as much as you like.

    P→★ met with the owls first. You can gently touch the top of their head down to their back as well as their chest. This owl is a Chaco Owl.

    If you want to hold the birds just ask the staff. You’ll be given a glove to wear for the bird to sit on.

    P→★ is now holding an American kestrel. This is the only falcon in the café. If you’re careful not to move your hand it will stay relaxed on your hand.

    This is a barn owl. Apparently lots of customers are captivated by its striking face.

    This one’s so fluffy!” commented P→★.

    P→★ was particularly interested in this Little Owl (that’s the actual name of the species!) Its tiny size is enough to tug your heartstrings♡

    Owls save energy and don’t move around much, so they’re perfect for snapping photos of. That goes for selfies too.

    Next is to try out being a falconer. There’s a number of cafés where you can come into contact with hawks but not that many where you can actually have one fly over to you, so some customers can spend several hours here.

    You begin with your back against the wall and bring your hand up to the same height as your shoulders at the count of 3.

    The hawk responded to the signal several meters way and flew right onto P→★’s hand.

     

    It costs ¥500 for one turn which consists of two flights.

    It’s like I’ve become a wizard!” The bird that flew to P→★ is the Harris’s hawk. They are known for their intelligence. Hawks are often perceived as scary but they’re actually very friendly to humans.

    You can enjoy a drink at this café while playing with the owls and hawks. If you make a reservation you get a drink on the house, otherwise it’s ¥100. It’s better to make a reservation if you’re planning to go there.

    The earrings they sell there are popular. They’re made from feathers that have fallen from the owls at the café. Be sure to find the feather of the bird you like there the most. They also sell a range of other merchandise including a photo collection of the owls.

    P→★ was very satisfied with his experience. It was his first time coming into contact with them, and his first time having a hawk fly to him.

     

    After watching Harry Potter, I wanted to own my own owl. It was a lot of fun interacting with them today. My image of hawks has changed too! If I’m rich in the future I want to have my own pet owl. Until then, I’ll be sure to come back here!

    P→★ sure enjoyed Owl’s Garden. The café is arranged in a way that makes it easy to take photos. The natural lighting and greenery make it a great choice for Instagram. Be sure to make a reservation if you’re interested.

     

    Check out the time P→★ went to Harajuku Terrace Café in his first Animal Diary Café entry here.

     

    ■Information

    Owl’s Garden

    Address: Ingresso 2F, 4-31-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (Until 6:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays except on National Holidays)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Access: 6-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR / 2-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro

    Website:https://owls-garden.jp

     

    Model: P→★(TEMPURA KIDZ)@0830_pika

    Photo: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Text: Sayoko Ishii

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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