Yesterday was a holiday. The weather was great. A perfect day for the zoo. We weren't the only ones who thought so. Maybe I've lived in Japan too long, but the crowds didn't really bother me. I'd always rather spend more time with fewer animals than fighting crowds.
The zoo brought out the poetic in T and R. Watching a large bird T said, ""It's flapping its wings like . . . like thunder and lightning!" And R, holding a fluffy chicken in the petting zoo, said, "It feels like I'm holding a cloud."
I posted some other zoo photos with descriptions on flickr. Ueno Zoo is easily accessible by train or subway. It's open every day except Monday. Tickets are 600 yen for 15 years and up, 200 yen for junior high students, and free for elementary school students and younger. Admission is free on the zoo's anniversary (March 20), Greenery Day (April 29) and Tokyo Citizens' Day (October 1). Group discounts and senior discounts are available. More information is available in English here.