Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

On January 2, the Indian elephant Ryuka wrote this year’s Chinese zodiac sign of the horse in kanji at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum.


January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, the Indian elephant Ryuka tried kakizome or first calligraphy at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. She wrote this year’s Chinese zodiac sign of Horse in kanji, holding a special customized brush for calligraphy with her trunk. In tribute to this year’s Chinese zodiac, the Yonaguni horse Dunan and Navie signed the works by Ryuka with their signature hoof prints in red color.

The zoo gave the elephant and horse-signed works as New Year presents to the visitors born in the Horse year.

Maiko Tome, 11-year-old pupil of Kitami Elementary School who visited with her family, said, “I was surprised to see how Ryuka wrote a great and strong kanji so well.”

Their kakizome will be displayed at the special exhibition gallery until the end of this month.

(English translation by T&CT and Hitomi Shinzato)

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