Goodbye Wakaizumi Yochien...

1:18 PM |

It feels like yesterday when Hikari started school in Wakaizumi Yochien. He went to school in Summer term 2005, and now in Summer term 2006 Hikari left the school.
When he joined the school, Hikari was the youngest and the only student in his class, Kiirogumi (the class of 3 y.o.). He also had one friend only, Ryoya-kun, a boy next door (left side photo). A few months later, his friend Keita-kun joined the class. Kiirogumi class now had two students.
Then, on Spring term 2006, Hikari and Keita-kun were promoted to the usual class, the Akagumi class. They had new friends. A lot more new friends.

Today, Hikari went to school the last time to say thank you and good bye to his teachers and his friends. Minna-san, iro iro osewa ni arigato gozaimashita! Kore kara mo gambatte ne!

Hikari, Keita-kun, and Takahashi-sensei (Kiirogumi Sensei) in his Kiirogumi class:

Hikari in his Akagumi class. The last day:

Hikari and his Akagumi friends together with Suzumi-sensei after Tanabata festival:

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Gunma Safari Park

3:21 PM |

Hikari, the same as other kids, love animals. Whenever he is asked where he would want to go, what he would want to visit and see, he would absolutely say the Zoo! He refers the word 'zoo' to all kinds of animal parks, let it be a convensional zoo or a marine park.
Hikari's first Zoo visit is in Cisarua Safari Park, Indonesia. He was only 2.5 years old, but he always remembers the experience. Until now he still remembers that in Cisarua Safari Park he and Papap fed the Polar Bear and the Elephants. He even rode a pony there.
Hikari's second Zoo visit is in Ueno Zoo Park, Japan. After that visit, he often asks us to return to the place.
Next visit, Hikari went to Yokohama Seaside Paradise where he could see dolphins, belugas, and other marine creatures.
So, in this summer holiday (knowing that he is in school vacation), again he asked to go to the zoo. Finally, on August 3, Papap took him and Mama to Gunma Safari Park. We thought Gunma Safari Park would be like Cisarua Safari Park because in its website it says that the two parks are related. They even promote that they have Indonesian festival in the park. So, off we went...

It was really really hot for it was in the middle of summer. When we arrived there, Hikari wanted to ride the bus shaped as an animal. But, we were late so we rode the common bus instead. Fortunately, it was cool inside the bus.
The Park is nice with facilities and clean, but Hikari likes Cisarua Safari Park better because it is bigger and it has more animals. Anyway, it was such a good time although the heat was really terrible :D

In Takasaki Train Station while waiting for the connecting train to Jyoshu Tomioka Station:
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In the Jyoshin Dentetsu:
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Another kind of animal bus:
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If you want to go to Gunma Safari Park too, you can learn how by clicking on Papap Hikari's blog... Have fun!
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