Hello, hello! I can’t believe it’s already February! I’ve been super busy ever since we returned from our European holiday over Christmas and New Years so this blog’s been a lil’ neglected. I’ve been wrapping up my current project at work, preparing for new projects (there’s a few of them in the works), and planning a huge trip for later this year. I’m still in the very early stages of planning right now so not much is confirmed, however, ever since I started entertaining the idea of embarking on a gorilla trek in Uganda, I’ve been uh-bsessed with gorillas, chimps, and monkeys.
If you have 4 min, check out this video of a guy who was actually touched by gorillas while in Uganda:
I wish I were THAT GUY!
In keeping with the primate theme, I wanted to share some pics from Iwatayama Monkey Park in Kyoto. This was one of my fave activities when we were in Japan because I got to spend two hours up there feeding monkeys and just chillin’ out with their bad selves! I’m fascinated by them because they look and act like humans. I probably could have spent all day there, but Mr. T wanted to leave (he worries I’m going to get ebola thanks to the movie, Outbreak :(). Either way, it was a deliriously entertaining two hours for me, and if I could, I’d have a bunch of monkeys in my backyard so that I could go out there and feed them at my leisure!
Can you see how crazy I am about primates? I’m off to watch Disney’s Chimpanzee movie again now (Oscar the chimp is way adorbs!).
Iwatayama Monkey Park
8 Genrokuyama-cho, Arashiyama, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto City
Open 9am-5pm everyday; 4pm in the winter
If you’re planning on going:
- Be prepped to hike uphill for 15 min to get to the park.
- They sell food up there to feed the monkeys but you could save some yen and bring your own bag of nuts (the monkeys love chestnuts) to feed them, too.
- When the loud music plays, get your camera out! One of the workers walks out and throws tons of seeds on the ground and the monkeys scurry to grab them!
- On the way out of the park, there’s a long slide you can ride to get down- wheeeeeee!
- You should combine this with a visit to the Sagano Bamboo Grove.