Friday, 12 June 2015

A tanuki in the garden

What a surprise to see this while out and about in Tokyo today. I couldn't make out what it was.  A handbag sized dog? An exotic cat, since it had the mannerisms that were akin to a cat...?  I asked a passerby and she said it was a tanuki.  It looks nothing like my image of a tanuki a furry "raccoon dog" according to my dictionary... apparently tanuki in many parts of Japan have become infected with mange...  A delight to see a tanuki, but seriously tempered by its poor condition.  I'm not sure what, if anything, is being done to remedy the mange in the population...

Monday, 8 June 2015

Seasonal chips

Peach, mandarin, banana flavoured potato chips

It perhaps doesn't compete with Vegemite Cadbury's dairy milk, but the supermarket last night was selling peach, mandarin and banana flavoured potato chips.  Hiro, being a sucker for food novelty (which doesn't extend to Vegemite chocolate) opted to buy the peach and the mandarin.  Ghastly stuff.  Resist the temptation..!