Tiny Hippo Tucks in a Tree

Tiny Hippo with Mossy Tree

Tiny has noticed that some of the trees in Japan need tucking in with tiny blankets before they can go to sleep

Tiny Hippo Climbs a Tree

Being a kind and caring hippo he has taken it upon himself to make sure that they are snugly tucked in

Tiny Hippo Wraps Tree

“Yes,” he murmurs “very snug and cozy, perfect for winter”

Tree Wrap, Japan

The next time you see a tree with a wee blanket, you will know that a Tiny Hippo is near

Tiny Hippo Goes Leaf Viewing

Tiny Hippo heard tell that there is a wonderful temple in Kyoto called Kiyomizu-dera where one must go to truly appreciate the autumn leaves, he hopes he is not too late to see them!

Kiyomizu-dera

He is in luck! The autumn colors are bright and ready for spectacular show!

Tiny Hippo Kiyomizu-dera

He can hardly sit still, there is just so much to look at

Tiny Hippo Examines the Fall Leaves

Do you see how amazing these bright leaves are? Tiny Hippo wonders how they get so very red and wonders if his fur will ever change to such a fabulous red color

Red Maple Leaves

Tiny Hippo has invented a game where he must not step on any of the leaves, it is very slow going

Kiyomizu-dera

There are many paths to explore around the temple

Pond at Kiyomizu-dera

The ponds are very pretty, but swimming is frowned upon. It took all of Tiny Hippo’s willpower to keep from splashing about!

View of Kyoto from Kiyomizu-dera

The views from the temple looking out over Kyoto are quite wonderful

Kiyomizu-dera at Night

Tiny Hippo had so much fun looking at all the pretty leaves that he lost track of time; the next thing he knew, it was dark out and all the trees were illuminated!

Kiyomizu-dera Pond at Night

Alas, he was still not allowed to swim in the pond