Yoshikien Garden in the Fall

Tiny Hippo Makes a Friend in Yoshikien Garden

Yoshikien Garden, Nara

Yoshikien Garden in Nara was my favorite garden in Japan.

Yoshikien Garden in the Fall

This garden is so peaceful, as an added plus, it is free to all foreign visitors!

Tiny Hippo Gets Lonely

Despite being in such a beautiful garden, even a Tiny Hippo can get lonely…

Tiny Hippo in a Garden

Don’t worry though, you are bound to make friends anywhere! While posing for this picture I heard people giggling and chattering behind me. That is to be expected, you know, I am often a great source of interest.

Tiny Hippo Meets another Travel Companion

What i didn’t realize was that I was about to meet someone just like me! This is a mouse from Singapore.

Travel Companions

He travels the world just like I do, acting as a travel companion for his human friend.

Photo Shoot in Yoshikien Garden

The mouse travel companion also tends to be rather clumsy, just like a certain Tiny Hippo.

Making Friends

We made sure to get a photo with our humans so no one felt left out. It was a glorious chance meeting.

Tiny Hippo at Yoshikien Garden

Even after the mouse and I parted ways I took the joy of meeting a kindred spirit in such an unlikely place with me for the rest of my visit.

Tiny Hippo White Flower

My one regret about my meeting the mouse and his human was that I did not get their contact info, it was all too exciting to think of such a trivial thing! If you know the mouse traveling companion or even his human please let them know I am looking for them!

3 thoughts on “Tiny Hippo Makes a Friend in Yoshikien Garden

  1. I love Japanese garden! They are so beautiful and peaceful! I have never been to Japan but had the chance to visit wonderful Japanese gardens in Canada (Montreal) and in Australia (Sydney and Adelaide) and I have fallen in love with them. I like the way they celebrate the beauty of nature, the colours, the elements in harmony… it is like a spiritual path in the forest… don’t you think? Thank you so much for your beautiful pictures of Yoshikien Garden in Nara. I like your friend, he is as happy as a hippo 😉

    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment! Yes, I think Japanese gardens are very spiritual, and all the Tiny Hippo’s I know agree.

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