Turtles basking in the Sun in Yui, Shizuoka City!


A new kind of train?


If you have the chance to stop at Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, try and go to visit the Hiroshige Wood Block Prints Art Museum!
You are about to discover an unexpected sight or two there!


Of course the whole complex is a source for great photography but you should have a second look at the narrow and shallow “moat” along the wall!


What is this gentleman looking at?


From the other end…


Turtles and many of them!


I’ve counted 16 of them and they seem very sociable!


Only a couple of them were swimming under water!


Did you that the turtle in Japan is a sign of good luck and prosperity?


They are looked after by the staff of the Museum who feed them and clean the moat regularly all year round!


They all seem to be of the same variety with long colorful necks!


They are quite clever at getting out of the water and at climbing on top of each other!


hello, what’s up there?


Are they practicing a rugby scrum or a Spanish human mountain?

Bring your camera next time. I’m sure you will take far better pictures!


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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

2 thoughts on “Turtles basking in the Sun in Yui, Shizuoka City!”

  1. It was fun to see these friendly fellows …”Turtles were BORN to bask in the sun!!”

    Interestingly, only one (the little grey with white stripes “What’s up” guy in two photos near the bottom of the post), appears to actually be of a Japanese native species….the others are gaigin kame of a kind native to the South-Eastern USA, and distributed world-wide as cute little hatchlings, by the pet-trade. Then, when they become too big for convenient indoor home-care (they can grow to 30 cm!), folks release them and they end up as “Invasive aliens”, thriving and propagating….it’s my understanding that Japan is now in the process of actually banning their posession!

    The smaller grey fellow looks like a “Reeves Turtle”, a much more managable pet, at an adult length of 15 to 20 cm…and the most appropriate one for here at this museum, as Hiroshige included these in several of his wood-block print designs….

    (Those wanting to know more about caring for turtles as pets, can visit the international http://www.turtleforum.com, which has a number of participants in Japan, and over 30,000 members worldwide!)

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