Japan is the world's largest penguin breeding country with 25% of the world's penguin population. Apparently, Japanese people are some of the world's biggest penguin lovers. Although I am not a penguin lover, the character of SUICA that I use every day is a penguin, a penguin named Penpen appears in Evangelion, and the mascot of Tokyo Skytree is a penguin named Teppenpen. Unexpectedly, penguins are living all around me.
Here in Yokohama, Zoorasia also has a penguin corner, and if you peek inside, you can see many Humboldt penguins in captivity. It is said that nearly 10% of the world's population of Humboldt penguins, including those in the wild, are in Japanese zoos. I wonder if there are too many penguins being raised in Japan.
One of the reasons why penguins are so popular in Japan is undoubtedly their cuteness. The way they waddle around on the land. But the truth is that penguins can swim around in the ocean, as opposed to walking awkwardly on land. That's right. They make a living by preying on squid and other animals that are swimming around them. However, they don't appear in the public eye as such, instead they waddle around and sell their cuteness. When you think about it, Japanese people who love penguins are like naive men who are fooled by women who are evil and pretentious.
|Jan 2022 ANIMAL KANAGAWA|
January 4, 2022
Yokohama Zoorasia, Kanagawa
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