We went to the Churaumi Aquarium, here on Okinawa. Really, we went back in... November? Yeah, November. But as you know, I am a stellar blog-keeper-upper. That's kind of a goal for this year... to be better at that. It's a work in progress. Anyway, we stopped at a little ramen restaurant on the way.
This is it. It was yummy!
Workin' with chopsticks...
Not one of her successful moments...
The nice restaurant owner gave the kids little packages of crispie snacks. So, here they are, holding them, on the steps of the Aquarium grounds. (Tara, if you're reading this, this was the one time M wore those cute little shoes. Then we realized they were too small. Bummer for us. Yay for you!)
There's all these.. what would you call them? Not statues, exactly... well, you can see for yourself. Shrubbery and what-not, in the shapes of animals! This is a whale shark. We are riding the shark! Fulfillment of a dream for Maeve... well, if she just pretends it's a Great White... (referencing THIS video...oh, shoot! After a thorough search, I realize that I never posted that video on here! Just on Facebook. Darnit. Well, keep an eye out for a video about shark-riding, because I must remedy this.)
Giant Shi-sa peek-a-boo
The twinsies and I next to a turtle shrub thing. What are those called?? Topiaries! Yes? Googling now... yes, I believe that's what I'm looking for. Some of these topiaries have a bit of structural assistance.
Annnnnd, bird versions.
Okinawa is beautiful. Just beautiful.
We headed down to the dolphin tanks first, and had a lot of fun watching them show off.
Then it was the REAL show time! The kids loved it.
Bran got to help the trainer tell the dolphin what to do. He was pretty pleased with himself...
Turtles. Maeve liked them alot.
"Come here, widdle turtle..."
Then we went in the main aquarium, and that's where we had to pay. You could go to the aquarium grounds, and see the dolphins, and turtles, and a few other exhibits for free! Pretty cool. You just hafta pay when you go in the main building. Isn't the octopus TOPIARY just the awesomest? That face! Ha!
Nuala picked up a starfish, right when I saw the sign telling us NOT to pick them up. I knew not to anyway, but 5 (at the time) year olds apparently do not. She was nicely reminded, by a Japanese employee just as I was getting to her. I'm pretty sure that they can't NOT be nice!
Bran and a pret-ty big lobster.
A shark jaw. Ooooh, scary!