March 21, 2018

Capstone 2018: Asahikawa

March 16th: The students returned from their host families the night before, and had a full day as a group today.  We took a train for about 2 hours to go to the city of Asahikawa where Asahiyama Zoo, the most northern zoo of Japan, is located.  The zoo is known for creative behavior exhibitions of the animals showing their natural abilities that were not well known to us in the past.  The kids got to see things like the legs of hippos while swimming and seals swimming vertically through a glass tube.  They also learned about endangered animals and how we are trying to help improve their current natural habitats.  They appeared tired at times but mostly in good spirit.  It was very cold with temperature hovering just above freezing, but the kids appeared not bothered by it at all.