24 November 2015

Snow Monkeys

I went to draw snow monkeys at Jigokudani in Nagano!
野生動物とは出会いは「野山で偶然」というのが好きなので、餌付けされた猿を見に行くのはあまり興味がなかったのだが、外国人の知り合いが増えて、地獄谷野猿公苑には一度は行かなくてはと思うようになった。なにしろ自然好きのイギリス人は、わたしが日本人だと知るや否や、「寿司を食べたことがある。好きだ(or 嫌いだ)」の次に「日本にスノーモンキーを見に行きたい」と言いだすのだ。温泉に浸かる猿が、京都のお寺よりも、富士山よりも先だとは!

It was actually my first time visiting there.  I did not pay much attention to this monkey in hot spring before I lived in the UK and leaned that it is one of the iconic image of nature in Japan. 


I planned to go in November so that it's cold enough but not too much for drawing and especially that I could make next year's new year's card in time.  Next one is the year of monkey.   I thought the monkey should come every day with no problem.  They are fed there.
But looking at the park's news in mid-November, I realised that monkeys had not been there for more than two weeks.  They are wild ones and they have a choice of not coming down. That is good in a way.

I leaned that during the mating season, they are not stable and tend to roam about as well as fight with each other. Luckily they decided to come down to the park on the days I visited.


Many of them were drinking hot water at the bath.

Yoga in the hot spring.

And meditates afterward.


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