Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

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

January 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2 and 3, a New Year’s Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Along with her daughter Rubi, who was born in 2015, popular Indian elephant Ryuka appeared in public and performed kakizome, or the first calligraphy of the year. She dexterously wrote “monkey”, this year’s Chinese zodiac sign, in kanji, entertaining the spectators.

An event in which monkey took over from sheep, last year’s Chinese zodiac sign, was held. Primates slow loris Hina and Arare received a sash, which made the audience let out a cheer.

An exhibition about monkey’ the zodiac sign will be held in a special gallery until January 31.

(English translation by T&CT)

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