Saturday, 12 February 2011

Sea and Life Museum

If you've been reading my blog posts so far this year, you'll probably be relieved to hear that this one has nothing at all to do with snow, or the weather in general. After 6 weeks or so of work and bad weather, we finally Did Something on a day off!

Friday was a public holiday here, in honour of Mum's birthday (or maybe something to do with the constitution...). After a sushi lunch, we went to the Sea and Life Museum in Sakaiminato, just a 15 minute drive from our house. H and I had been before, but it was something new for K.

It's a museum rather than an aquarium, so there are no living fish, but there are over 4,000 preserved fish and crab specimens. The English-language leaflet boasts that it is 'Japan's largest museum of taxidermied fish!!' and also states that 'The ocean is kind of interesting.'

One of the things the museum is most proud of is this 2.8 metre long giant mambo/sun fish (yup, it's real). Upstairs there is a collection of old farm tools, fishing equipment and household items, but K was much more interested in this little tunnel with hundreds of harisenbon (porcupine fish) suspended from the ceiling...

His favourite thing in the whole museum was this fishing boat though. You can go up some steps on one side, walk along the deck and then go down again on the other side. There wasn't really anything very interesting on the boat itself, but K wanted to go up onto it time and time again.

Finally, I couldn't resist this shot of K being eaten by a shark. His worried little face fit that hole perfectly!


  1. That picture of Keita and the shark is fantastic!! 2012's nengajo perhaps!? ;-)

  2. Sounds like you all had fun. That shark picture is a hoot! I second the nengajo suggestion. And, you look lovely by the way, so happy!