Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
A couple of days ago on Tokyo's TBS-TV Evening 5 News, there was a report of a macaque monkey in Itabashi. Between 7:00 am and 9:00 am November 6 a monkey was seen crossing a road in Itabashi, Tokyo, and a second sighting was reported in the vicinity of Shimo-Itabashi Station on the Tobu Tojo train line in Tokyo.
The Itabashi monkey is reportedly smaller than the Shibuya monkey. A resident in Itabashi witnessed an animal jumping from wall to wall. "I’m certain it was a monkey because it had a deep red butt," he said.
The "deep red butt" is a definite giveaway that this is not just an ordinary commuter. Anyone may don a full set of body hair and a haggard expression, but the red butt, now THAT removes any ambiguity in the report. --Happy Chihuahuas
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Although a bit of kibble suits us just fine when we've been "good girls," we see enough TV to know that humans thrill to various accolades for their achievements. They even enjoy inedible ones, often involving statues and getting really dressed up (which we can't fathom can be more satisfying than kibble) and sometimes red carpet is involved (now THERE'S a temptation!), but this week in Japan it was the ORDER OF CULTURE (文化勲章, bunka kunshō).
The badge of the order, which is in gold with white enamel, is in the form of an mandarin orange blossom; the central disc bears three crescent-shaped jades (magatama). The badge is suspended on a gold and enamel wreath of mandarin orange leaves and fruit, which is in turn suspended on a purple ribbon worn around the neck.
The order ranks between the Order of the Sacred Treasures, First Class and the Order of the Rising Sun, Double Rays (second class)."
We know Chihuahua Mom has a big secret--she's now hoping that her other major culture-bridging hero, Donald Richie, will be similarly recognized in the near future... We have our kibble waiting!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
The "Urban Monkey" (hey, is that anything like 'urban cowboy'?) was spotted in Kanda but avoided capture. Maybe he rode the Yamanote Line from Shibuya to Kanda. According to witnesses, he was spotted staring at some bananas at a fruit stand (how did they know he was staring at bananas and not some other items?) but he was shooed away before he could steal any (sort of a prejudicial statement, dontcha think? Maybe he would have paid for them; we don't know if he carries a coin purse). The head police officer lamented the fact that the monkey is so agile but "we have only nets" (like, what should they use, hand grenades?! Maybe this is a job for Spiderman.) The police official further stated that the monkey, driven to the overhanging electric wires, urinated onto the ground below. (Well, maybe he had been looking for the restroom when they chased him up there. Besides, public urination is still not a crime here, anyway.) The police have pledged to capture him alive, until then, you may want to wear a hat around Kanda Station... [Ref. Japan Times, Sept. 8, 2008]
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
A couple of times a month, "Chihuahua Mom" meets four lovely Japanese ladies to help them practice speaking English. They trade stories about their experiences and brush up on certain English idioms, have a bite of lunch, and a good time is had by all. Today's theme was 'encounters with celebrities'. Chihuahua Mom told about meeting the famous singer, Hiroshi Itsuki, backstage at the Hilton in Las Vegas 30 years ago. At that time CM didn't even know who he was or how famous he was in Japan. Little did she know that his son would even be a classmate of her son in first grade in Japan! The funny thing is, while CM's appearance has changed a lot (to her chagrin), Hiroshi Itsuki looks almost the same today as 30 years ago! (CM is second from L in the photo).
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monkeys, specifically the Japanese Macaque, reside in Japan and frequently become newsworthy in their vexing intrusions upon the lives of farmers, invading homes, eating garden vegetables, and destroying crops. But last night's TV news treated us to the comedy of "monkey loose in major train station" where it is sometimes difficult to distinguish monkeys from human beings... Many nets and official personnel were deployed. Excited onlookers recorded the event on their cellphone cameras. The police were comically ineffective, as usual, and the monkey escaped to a nearby park.