Thursday, June 30, 2016

Itabashi Biological Garden (Part 2) / 板橋区立熱帯環境植物館 (パート2)

And now I'm heading over to the actual tropical garden at the Itabashi Botanical Garden.


Absolute no air conditioning.  It feels like you are somewhere in the tropics.


Real plants, but not a real bird.


Spot the lizard!


Palm Oil Tree / アブラヤシ

Decor in the doorknobs / ドアもお洒落

Syzygium / ジャワフトモモ

Yes, I know, I should have took notes on what kind of flowers they were.


But then I went to the room that houses the unusal creatures on one side and a diorama of a tropical forest showing the different bugs and insects that live there too.


I don't think my mother would like these displays.


Aren't these the coolest critters you've ever seen?  In Japanese they are called "Upa Rupa".  I had to look up what the English word was for them. They are called axolotl and mostly live in Mexico.


A type of coral.  In Japanese, these are called "umikinako" which translates to "sea mushrooms" so named because they look like the eringi (king trumpet ) mushrooms.


The horseshoe crab look creepy from the bottom.


And pretty funky looking when viewed from the top.


Vertical fish.


While I enjoyed myself checking out the bug dioramas and the unusual creatures, my wife hung out around the mini aquarium to get a good shot of the ray.  Somewhere along the way, our nephew disappeared.  I guess he was bored out of his mind and went to the local pachinko shop.  We met up with a little later.  He decided not to join us in our next adventure which was to check out the Tokyo Daibutsu at Jorenji Temple not too far from where we were. I had been wanting to go here for quite a while and today I was going to fulfill that desire. And of course that will be for the next post.


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