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November 13, 2005

Takao-san (高尾山) and a disturbing development

I went to Takao-san this morning. I took tons of pictures, which I will put in here eventually, but I have had a huge shock that I need to talk through.

You see, Takao-san is the place where I first went to a monkey park (and therefore the inspiration for the name of this blog). I have not been back to the monkey park in a while, so I thought I should stop by today. I knew things would be bad when I saw that you are no longer allowed into the monkey pen and instead must stand on an observation platform and watch the monkeys from a distance! Terrible!

kaku1.JPG Even worse, "カク" (kaku) - my almost namesake and early introduction to how easy it is to embarass yourself in Japan (see the ABOUT section for more on that), is NO LONGER THE OLDEST MONKEY IN THE PARK. He has moved beyond old, to put it lightly, although I am happy to say that he has earned a place on the Monkey Boss Wall of Fame, as you can see in the picture on the left. Rest in peace, Kaku, you will always be the oldest monkey as far as I am concerned.

Anyway, I can handle all that, but what happened next is the clincher. As I walkelways be the oldest monkey as far as I am concerned.

Anyway, I can handle all that, but what happened next is the clincher. As I walked in, I caught sight of a blue jacket that said "Saru..." with "staff" written underneath it. I thought...what could be more perfect? While everyone else went running off to watch the monkeys, I waited for one of the workers to turn completely around so I could snap a picture and have "Sarukoen Staff" immortalised for all time. Imagine my surprise when I see that it says "SARUEN", not "SARUKOEN". As the sign below indicates...I have had it wrong all along.

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I am living a lie. I am absolutely gutted.

Posted by Kirk on November 13, 2005 04:19 PM

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