Friday, March 15, 2019

playing tourist in ueno

Friend Val was visiting from Hawaii...she wanted to see the pandas at Ueno Zoo.

It was my first time to the zoo...and even on a weekday, there was a long line to see the pandas.

Before turning the corner to see them, there was a sign that said, "you have 1 minute to view the not stop to take photos..blah blah blah" (WT!)

Well, when we turned the corner this is what we saw...the panda with its butt facing us.

How disappointing yeah?

We were like..."we stood in line for this?!"

The next two display areas were empty and we were feeling gypped.

Luckily, the panda in the next display area wasn't camera shy...

If you are interesting in seeing a really short video of the panda moving, click the link here.

Luckily, there were kanhizakura (a type of early blooming cherry blossom) just outside of the zoo.

Loved the dark pink color!

Lunch was at a place called Bal Pinolo...the pizza sauce was a bit watery but overall it was a nice lunch.

And since we were near Okachimachi, I took Val to Takeya.

They had everything she wanted and we were glad to be able to find everything in one place. (Thanks again V for telling me about this place! It is now Val's favorite place too!)

It was a beautiful day and it was nice to spend some time with a friend from Hawaii.

Ueno Zoo
9-83 Uenokoen
Taito, Tokyo
Closed Mondays
Hours: 9:30-17:00

Bal Pinolo
7-1-1 Higashiueno, Atre 1F
Taito, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00-23:30


Anonymous said...

So good that you got to see the pandas. I heard the lines are super long. Probably will get worse since it's cherry blossom season and everyone goes to Ueno Park.
LOL, it's like us Hawaii peeps going to Trader Joe's, want to buy everythng!

tofugirl said...

What the, how did they enforce 1 minute for viewing?? Seems a bit fierce, heh.

K and S said...

I hope Trader Joe's comes to Hawaii V!

Tofugirl, they use the megaphone and repeat, "keep the line moving"...of course, most of us were not listening...

Take care you two.

jalna said...

I've not yet been to Takeya or the zoo, even though I've been in the area several times.

K and S said...

Aw Jalna, next time you come, we go!

Take care!

KirkK said...

Come visit San Diego Kat! Then you can have fun at the zoo!

K and S said...

I've actually visited SD Zoo, Kirk, too many moons ago!

Take care.

Rowena said...

oh god...I just bust out laughing because that is the best "butt joke" that I've heard in ages. I mean, if I were there, I would've said something like One minute my ass! lol

K and S said...

Rowena :)

Take care.