Perhaps not surprisingly in a land ruled by middle-aged and elderly blokes and the fax still a crucial communication tool, mightily impressive dinosaurs have taken over a part of Japan not far from Tokyo.
And despite being equipped with apparently razor-sharp fangs, the dinosaurs in question are actually toothless.
The park is located in Izukogen, a town about 100 km southwest of central Tokyo.
And the dinosaurs are part of an illumination display presented with a Cool Japan Matching Award.
Both the dinosaurs and the illumination display were absolutely fabulous!
In clear weather, it’s also possible to ride a flying fox (zipline) over the illumination display on the park.
Getting to the park takes a couple of hours by train, but highly worthwhile, with plenty more to see in the Izukogen area, a thriving little town gaining wider exposure with the increase in inbound tourism over the past handful of years.
Horse-riding is an integral part of living for many in country Australia, where Kangaeroo spent the formative years of life.
Incredibly, in spite of this, and despite a landmass 26 times greater and population only about 1/6th the size, Australian horse riding services are generally far more expensive than their Japanese counterparts.
Provided you’re happy enough riding in a relatively confined space, it’s unbelievably accessible to ride horses in Japan, financially and in terms of getting to places to ride.
Moreover, there’s far less red tape involved in riding in Japan, where helmets, high-viz and other rigmarole are not mandatory as they are in the Aussie nanny state.
Kangaeroo’s days of regular horse riding are long gone, but that doesn’t make him a “neigh-sayer” when it comes to Japanese gee-gees.