We has a picnic at the zoo as well. Seems to be a popular thing to do at the zoo. We got lots of looks from the locals, probably because they were wondering what we were eating. Who brings PB&Js to the zoo in Japan. Just the white people. Eric struck up a conversation with the neighboring table who had a 2.5 year old with them. So, both girls went a rode a little ride for only 100 yen. They were fascinated with us. I quickly showed them I have no conversing skills in Japanese. Hopefully that will change once I start taking my classes in Shizuoka.
We also had another free day so we went to Showa Kinen Park which is several miles away from the base as well. Wow, this park is huge! Again it only costs several dollars for the adults to get in and free for the kids. If we ever get stationed here will be members! We only saw one portion of the park and it was around all the kid stuff: the playground, the rope thing, and bouncy thing. Love my detailed words? I don't know what they are called because I've never seen anything like it before. Pictures below.
Chloe playing at the playground. Still too little to really enjoy it.
Here is the rope thingy...impressive
Daddy bouncing Etta. Do you think she liked it?
she ended up with rope burn on her forehead. We are bad parents.
Really big slide, never seen one like it before
You get a nice butt message at the same time
The big bouncy thingy. There were continuous hills of this stuff. Small for the little kids and huge mounds for the big kids. Of course Etta went straight for the big stuff.
Sliding down and enjoying every minute of it
Daddy helping Chloe get her balance
All Etta did was run and bounce the entire time we were at the park!