I know you may not be a big fan of visiting an aquarium when you are busy travelling in Hakone (箱根), deciding whether to go clockwise or anti-clockwise with the your one day Hakone transportation pass. I felt the same thing as you do until I have realised the seal show in the Hakone-en Aquarium (箱根園水族館) right beside the Lake Ashinoko (芦ノ湖).  We knew most of the tricks a seal can do since our childhood age. However, the Hakone-en Aquarium has maximised the cuteness of the seal by Japanising one of them. (⌯¤̴̶̷̀ω¤̴̶̷́)✧

Being welcomed by “Billy” who looks as if he’s having a good day in the hot spring

In the Hakone-en Aquarium, there is a famous seal performance which runs 2 times per day during weendays, and 3 times per day during weekends. As part of the performance, the utra-cute seal “Billy” would carry the bucket with the sake (酒) alcohol bottle inside, and wear a towel on his head as if he is enjoying the relaxing onsen. He will make his 180° perfect turn to let his fans take photos for him. At that moment, all the pretty girls and handsome dudes could no longer hold but screaming 「可愛いね!」(So cute!). Just by seeing his adorable face, you would want to stop by and pay him a visit.

“Please pardon the limited tricks of seals as they are not very intelligent and it is difficult to train them”

Are you half disappointed by the limited tricks a seal can do? The funny thing is that, the trainer actually told us that as seals are not very intelligent, it is very difficult to train them. So please carry this interesting fact and share some laughters with the little fellows next time you go visit them. With the slippery skin and granny look, seals are so lovely, aren’t they?! ⁽(◍˃̵͈̑ᴗ˂̵͈̑)⁽

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