It's こどもの日 (Kodomo no Hi or Children's Day) here in Japan and what better way to celebrate than talk about a museum that I went to a month ago. Kids love dinosaurs, don' t they?
The Dinosaur expo at the National Museum of Nature and Science is there until June 12th, so go now before they fossilize. The highlight for me the 15 metre-long, スピのサウルス Spinosaurus, that cool creature from JPIII. (Click his name for some facts.)
Of course, a favourite Tyrant is the T-rex who logs in at a mere 12 metres.
Smiling for the camera is, appropriately, the Camarasaurus.
A new genus and species from Chile is the Chilesaurus diegosuarezi. Mmmm. spicy Chilesaurus.
Another recently discovered dude is the Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus. a Russian herbivore. A real cutie with some proto-feathers.
A replica of the dino with the hipster name, Chasmosaurus from Canada.
Some Hadrosauroidae heads. There was an audio reproduction of its aural cavity. Pretty cool.
A raptor (maybe this), a darn big fish and a Ceratopsia (actual names unknown, sorry.)
At the exit, there is a wall full of drawings by kids.
In the adjacent building is a permanent display of an Ark full of animals. Here are a choice few.
Outside the museum is a whale pondering the meaning of life just as it's about to smash into the pavement.
I bought a postcard and a couple of Gatcha-capsules. I wish I'd bought all four but at 400￥, it was too chancy to keep trying.
I'm really happy to have scored this one, Yi, a dino with bat-like membranous wings.
What did your kids get up to today?