“This is Japan” is a weekly blog post where I talk a little about my life here.
It’s a place where I can share some of the strange, funny, or thought-provoking stories from my week. You can learn a little about what it is like to live in Japan and some of the weird and wonderful things here.
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Last week I posted about the time I saw a wolf in Japan.
Now, I want to share another time I saw some exotic pets.
Near my house there is a mall. In the mall there is a pet store. In the pet store is mostly puppies and kittens. Sometimes I like to go there and watch them through the window. I always hope that if I look desperate enough, a staff will take out a kitten so I can hold it and pretend that it is mine. It’s worked a couple times.
They are always so cute, but ridiculously expensive. Like over $2000 for a kitten. I always say I could buy a plane ticket back to Canada and get a free kitten. And it would still be cheaper than a Japanese pet store kitten.
Anyway, one day, my husband and I were leaving the pet store after I was daydreaming about taking one home with me. There is also a pet clinic next door, so there are often pets and pet-parents waiting outside.
This time, when I walked out of the store I saw a pig.
Not a little pot-belly pig that people sometimes keep as pets. It was a medium size brown pig wearing a pink dress/jacket/clothing item. I don’t know exactly what breed it was. Of course I had to touch it. Because I have to touch all the animals.
There I was petting a pig in the mall. The owner didn’t offer much information about it.
Then he opened another cage and took out an owl.
It was a little brownish white owl. It was really pretty, and the owner let me hold it. So now there I was holding a little owl on my hand.
Then he brought another of his exotic pets. This time it was a meerkat.
Now, I really have no idea how he got his hands on a meerkat. I held the meerkat too, because again, how many time in your life do you get the chance to hold a meerkat? It was cute, but it seemed a bit nervous. And it was making weird little chirping sounds. It was really clingy, and I felt a bad that it was a pet.
But, selfish me, I’m just happy I could touch three animals that day.
But my husband never wants to hold me hand after I touch a strange animals or exotic pets.
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