Japan Animals

As I said in my previous post here, I’ll be sharing an experience that still tickles my curiosity about an unexpected Japanese trait experience.

551  Read more to know what I found in my weird but true observation about their pigeons + cute pets we found that were up for adoption during the 2nd day of our stay in Japan.


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I’ll talk further into the other things we did in my future posts but during the days these happened. Here’s what I’ve noticed:

Observation 1: We fed around 20 or more pigeons that were surrounding our bench as we ate a big loaf of bread in a park. Other locals in the benches next to us put on these faces like what we were doing was uncivilized.
Observation 2: While my folks and I were eating crepes along with other Japanese people on their own tables, beside us, there was this girl and a pigeon nearing her and she was quietly squealing and turned around to not face the begging-for-food creature.
Observation 3: I showed my aunt and uncle along with their children a photo of my dad I took with the pigeon perched on his hand and all of them were dumbfounded in a certain way I couldn’t explain at first.
Observation 4: My Japanese cousin (who was 7 years old) and I were walking along the sidewalk when I pointed out to her the bird saying “hato”, and this old Japanese woman in a business outfit heard me and quickly avoided the spot where I pointed.

Conclusion: They’re either afraid or really grossed out by the thought of these pigeons or as they call it hato. My parents and I didn’t realize until almost the end of the trip.
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Too bad I didn’t get to ask my relatives about it because it still kinda bugs my curiosity to: Why would they be afraid of these birds? What peculiar reason could it be for them to act that way?

Anyways, moving on…

I also noticed there’s lotsss of crows recognizable mostly anywhere. Just squawking everywhere you’re going.1396
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Now, here are cute pets!

On our second day of Japan, I intentionally didn’t mention that we came across this smallish store with lots of baby animals inside, so I could make a separate post in appreciation of these dainty beasts.1178 1182 1184 1185
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Pugs not drugs, people! Haha. Hope these cute, little fellas brighten up your day as they did to mine!

Intro photo by me. Other pigeon & crow photos by my dad. Other animals taken by my iPhone 4s.

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