Well, I spilled the beans and posted my best aquarium picture yesterday, and on Facebook, where it received a record amount of adulation, even for Eva-pictures. But I've got more to say. The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is kind of a big deal. It focuses on the local marine flora and fauna, which I think is cool. And it has the second-largest tank in the world (only the Georgia Aquarium surpasses it--that one was built a couple of years after this.) (We went with some friends, but I didn't break it to them yet that I will be blogging about our every interaction so they aren't included in this post.) We've been to this aquarium three times previously--once when Eva was 7 or 8 months (when we first got here) and twice last spring/summer. She's always been moderately interested, but, ladies and gentlemen, we have turned a corner. She now engages in the full-scale eyes-peeled jaw-dropping awe that such an attraction merits. OK fine I can't resist, I'm posting the picture again (just a "yiddle" one):
An idea of what she's looking at:
It turns out that duly-awed Eva is a pretty fun kid to take around.
Here, she is watching dolphin chaos:
Eventually we actually went into the part of the aquarium that you have to pay for (yes, the dolphin show is free):
Mommy, of course, got to have some fun with the camera while Eva and Daddy lay on their backs and watched the whale sharks and manta rays saunter by overhead.
Finally, on to the giant squid. I say they dump one of these into the sea turtles' tub and see who eats who for dinner!
And, finally, a taste of that famous Okinawan driving on the way home:
Clear as mud; thanks a lot, guys. Also, I found myself in desperate need of the facilities but trying to hold out for home. We were almost there when we passed--no joke!--the P-time Pachinco Parlor. Again, thank you, Okinawa.
The good times have kept coming. Eva found some stickers they gave us at the entrance to the aquarium, and recognized the cartoon sharks and rays as the same thing she'd seen "inna night with daddy" (it was dark in there). And today, when I went upstairs to get her after her nap, I found her lying flat on her back on the landing, feet dangling off the top stair. Eeyore was lying beside her, carefully pointed up at the ceiling. "I yooking at whale sharks with Eeyore!"