Before I lost consciousness last night from exhaustion, I thought about doing something special for my first, unplanned day off. So, when I got up I began planning my bike route to the aquarium. It was a sunny and hot day as I expected, and after I got the bike tires pumped up and fed the turtle I was off. I got a little lost near the river and ended up going too far, then back over the other side, before I passed by a busy industrial area. It seems like along the river are recycling plants and scrap metal factories. There was barely any people, but a lot of cars and trucks driving around. I found a MaxValu and 100 yen store, which I chose not to go into because it was almost 2p.m. and the Aquarium closes at 5p.m. As I got closer I could see the large ferris wheel, and feel the ocean breeze. The area was nice, and the milk tea I picked up from the vending machine after the hour long ride made me feel like I was in paradise.
Going through little twists and turns, I finally arrived between the ferris wheel and aquarium. The aquarium was large and as I was about to find out, had two sections. The first section was for whales, dolphins and other large sea mammals like them. There was a show starting at 3:30pm, but I arrived at 2p.m., so I took my time looking around. I ended up seeing a lot of familiar creatures that can be found at other aquariums in the North building. Dolphins, Killer whales, porpoises and belugas.
The real fun started at the South building. I walked into a large dark room, occupied by a large tuna replica and several people, including a woman who I would see drawing sea creatures throughout the building. There were huge schools of fish, sunfish and sharks. Even though I’ve been to aquariums all around the world, this was amazing to see. The next rooms were filled with specialty sea creatures which I have rarely seen outside of documentaries. Deep sea fishes, unique jellyfishes, and sea turtles. There was also a large penguin area, which was set up like the tank in Happyfeet. It was kinda creepy, and their cries reminded me of Japanese horror films. Needless to say, I was in a hurry by this time to catch the Dolphin show. I had walked into this area earlier before I went to the south building, but at the time it was quite empty. Now it was half full, and I walked into 3, 2, 1, jumping dolphins. I saw and watched the 20 minute show, then I proceeded back into the South building to walk around and have a closer look at the big turtles and penguins. They have 3D imaging for certain attractions, which reminded me of the 3D i saw in China, but not as nice. It was still interesting to see, and by the time it hit 4:15p.m. I was all done with the aquarium. I walked around outside and looked at some buildings and ships, and then headed off back to Don Kiote. I stopped by a few places along the way. One was a large super market, and the other was a large computer department store with more staff than customers, much like the ones back at home. I also stopped by Softmap to pick up my game controller for 580 yen. I headed home, and made dinner and now I am relaxing.
Today’s News: I see a lot of trucks and Taxi’s idling. That can’t be good for the environment, the air, or cost saving in this economy. I know people need a/c when they’re waiting, but this is why Pirus’ had to be invented.
Yesterday’s News: Travis treated me out for Curry!
Tomorrow’s News: I have my regular day off! I’m going to clean the turtle’s nest and tidy up.