The past month was The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. This years festival ran from March 20 to April 14. People from all over the world visit Washington DC to see the cherry trees and to celebrate the friendship between the United States and Japan.
Sakura was especially happy since she was hatched with sakura petals. “Sakura” is Japanese for Cherry Blossom. There are so many types of cherry trees at the Tidal Basin. There are approximately 3750 cherry trees total! You can check out the history of the gift of the cherry trees here.
The last week of the festival usually has the largest events. The peak of the cherry blossom season was Wednesday and Saturday was the parade followed by the Sakura Matsuri/street festival. We sold all day long at the Matsuri and adopted out a lot of Super Takos. We saw a lot of old friends and made lots of new ones. Sunday we went to the Tidal Basin.
There were lots of things to do. We spent most of our time near the paddle boats just walking around and visiting everything. Here is Sakura and Hunter with “Paddles” the beaver. He is in charge of reminding guest to not pull down and pick the cherry blossoms. He is very protective of his trees. If we pull down all of the blossoms and branches they may not grow back. You could even damage the trees by accident.
Sakura was just having fun hanging around. It was a very bright and sunny day so the shade felt really nice.
We made it all the way around the tidal basin. We could even see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial from the other side of the Tidal Basin. Even though we didn’t go during full peak, it was beautiful.
Sakura is on a trip back to Japan to celebrate Golden Week that is coming up shortly. She’ll be having lots of Sakura flavored items including Kit-Kats and Ice Cream. I do wish we had some of that over here. Maybe I can get her to send me some.
The adoption center now has a real store front!! You can find it here. Hurray for Add To Cart and Paypal. Remember all Takos are handmade so it does take a few days to make your new Super Tako. If you need more information please check out the FAQ section. I will be attending Magfest next week but will still be answering emails. You will see the cart in the top ride sidebar if you want to keep track of how many Takos you are adopting. Then it is as simple as checking out with Paypal. If you should have ANY issues with the new store front please send me an email through the FAQ/Contact page immediately so I can fix the issue. Thanks
Hunter, John, and I arrived in Los Angeles, California yesterday. We have been holding onto a few Super Tako eggs that we haven’t been able to hatch. We were hoping something would set them off so we could get a new Tako in time for Comikaze. We were right. One of our Tako Eggs hatched!!!
We were setting up in the Los Angeles Convention center. Everything was a mess on the table and we were just trying to get our adoption center together. I dropped one of the eggs on the floor. I was really worried I broke the little egg. (That would have been sad). When I picked the egg up, it was glowing. It had a weird golden swirl that was inside of the egg. We kept the hatching egg safe since he or she seemed to be taking their time to transform. We finished up for the day and went back to our hotel.
At 1am Sept 15th 2012 Kaze was born! He’s a cute little guy who is into comic books, board games, and science. His favorite things to eat are shwarma and avocados! I guess California is really the place for him. Kaze’s name means wind. He was running around the hotel room looking out the window trying to find the convention center. It’s a good thing our hotel is close to the convention center!
We arrived early today at the convention center to give Kaze the tour of the place. It’s absolutely amazing. He even found some other plushie transportation. We had to give that back though. It was fun while it lasted.
I will have just enough time to get 15 Kazes finished before the convention doors open today. Please make sure, if you want to adopt one, that you get to my tables, 439 and 538, as soon as possible. You can find us on the floor map at Kat’s Anime Hats tables. With the limited number, they are bound to go quickly. I will also have all of the other Takos available for adoption. Kaze’s adoption will be $30 and will come with all of the paperwork. All other Super Tako Adoptions will be $25.
Remember, all plushie adoptions help support the Super Takos adoption center so we can help everyone have a Tako friend. We have many different Takos that will match your personality. You can even adopt one for a friend! You will get your Super Tako plushie, adoption paper, birth certificate, and background story on your Super Tako! Each plushie represents your support for the Super Tako of your choice! This will help me, Nurse Kat, feed and take care of the Takos. I always love when we get a new Tako!!! I hope to see you at the convention today.
Mizu and Kevin managed to get me one more update before the Super Takos arrival in Los Angeles, California for Comikaze. Mizu, as you know was born in Sapporo, Japan. He is still living there today. He’s been hanging out at the fish market trying to help Mr Sakana sell his fish. From what I hear, they have been very successful! Mizu stopped by the Sapporo Dome, Biei’s flower gardens, and Sapporo Tower. Here he is at Sapporo Dome.
Sapporo Dome is an interesting stadium since it is home to both the baseball and soccer (football) teams. Each team plays on two completely different surfaces. The baseball team plays on artificial turf while the soccer team plays on grass. They do this by using a sliding pitch to switch between the two types. There are only a few stadiums in the world that can do this.
Next, he made a stop at Biei’s flower gardens. Biei is well known for its vast fields of flowers. It is frequently used in TV shows and commercials because it it so beautiful.
As you can see these fields are huge! This is one spot I haven’t gotten to see myself. I would love to go there some day. Biei’s flower gardens are located in Hokkaido. This is the largest producer of carrots. Needless to say, Ninjin visits Mizu here to go carrot picking.
The last place Mizu visited was Sapporo TV Tower.
Sapporo TV tower was built by the same man that planned the Tokyo Tower. This tower serves as a repeater for AIR-G’ and FM North Wave, a radio station. After their trip Mizu traveled to Tokyo with Kevin. Kevin went home and Mizu got on a plane for California. He’s planning to vacation there a bit until the convention comes around. I will be out there sortly as well where all of the Super Takos are going to meet and get ready to open our Super Takos stand at Comikaze! I will also have my stand open for Kat’s Anime Hats. That is what I started out doing before I began adopting out Super Takos. Remember Super Takos adoptions are $25 each. This included your Super Tako, Adoption Paper, Birth Certificate, and their background story! I have one tako egg on me that I haven’t been able to hatch. Maybe something will set it off when we get there. It would be nice to have a new Super Tako to adopt out when we get there.
I received and email last night from Kevin and Yaki. Yaki is doing quiet well in Osaka. He met Kevin at the Shin-Osaka Train station.
This is a station on the Shinkansen JR train route. Some of you may know this train as the “bullet train”. The Shinkansen can get up to 189mph!!
Yaki and Kevin were hungry. Yaki ate some ramen while Kevin got takoyaki. There isn’t a better place to get takoyaki than Osaka. You can tell by the picture, Yaki was a little nervous about Kevin eating it. After all, they are just fried octopus.
Yaki knew he had nothing to worry about, so they went for a walk around the main areas of Osaka. They even went all the way to the top of Tsutenkaku. The building’s name means “tower reaching heaven”. This observation tower is a well known landmark in Osaka.
On the fifth floor of the observation deck is Billiken, “the god of happiness”. Billiken was actually created by an American artist. Many people go up to the observation tower to rub his feet for good luck! Kevin made sure he to rub Billiken’s feet since it was his birthday. They didn’t have time to get cake, however, Yaki surprised Kevin and celebrated by getting ice cream crepes for both of them. Happy Birthday Kevin! I hope you guys are having fun.
Sora and Suna were hanging out at the shore with me today. They flew in from Japan this morning. They were eager to see the beach so we decided to visit Ocean City. Here is Suna hanging out at the 7th Street Surf Shop. Here she was trying on clothes and hats. She likes this hat in particular.
Next she was checking out skimboards. They did have a bunch to pick from.
She picked out a nice red on and went out on the beach
When she was done on the beach she came back to the surf shop to rent a surf board. The employees were very nice and showed her all of her options. She was so excited.
Sora also found some really cool skateboards he liked in the shop.
While Suna was busy surfing, Sora was climbing some trees and doing some awesome parkour moves.
Afterwards, we watched Suna surf for awhile and decided to go check out a new hang glider for Sora.
It was a very busy day but we had a lot of fun. I had some awesome food. Sora and Suna are here for a week and then they will be back in Japan. Suna had so much fun, she’s considering moving to Ocean City. It should be a fun week.
In other news, I heard Kevin is going to be visiting Osaka this Friday. I hope he has time to visit Yaki. It would be nice to see how he is doing. I haven’t seen Yaki since my last visit to Japan.
I received an email from my good friend Kevin and Kumo today. Kumo was born and lives in Tokyo. Kevin has been nice enough to be my photographer in Japan! Kevin, originally from South Jersey like Nurse Kat, would like to show everyone where the Takos are from, are currently living, or just hanging out. Kevin and Kumo were hanging out this weekend, and took a few photos so everyone could see where he is from. How nice of him!
Two of Kumo’s favorite things are sports and giant robots. After all he was hatched by landing on the Tokyo Dome, bouncing off, and rolling into the Gundam Cafe in Akihabara.
The Tokyo Dome is a huge baseball stadium for the Yomiuri Giants. There are many other events that happen at this stadium as well. Kumo tells me that the original nickname for the Tokyo Dome is “The Big Egg”. The Tokyo Dome also has some funny baseball rules specifically for its stadium. A ball which hits or is trapped by the hanging items out in the outfield area’s roof will be a home run. Hitting any other part of the roof is in-play. Prize money will be given out if any home run hits the ads in the scoreboard. Here are some pictures of Kumo at Tokyo Dome.
Kumo was also at the Gundam Cafe. This is definitely his favorite place to eat. I actually got to visit the Gundam Cafe while I was staying in Japan learning about all of the Super Takos and finding homes for them. Kumo said he had his favorite; Setsuna x Graham. Its a cheese pizza and ham gratin.
I was so happy to hear from Kevin and Kumo. Kevin was contacted by a few of the other Takos as well. I hope they send me pictures too.
I was hanging out with the a few of the Takos today and they asked to get a little group shot together to say hello and welcome you to the new website. The takos will be getting their photo shoots together soon so you can see what each one looks like! Keep an eye out on the Meet the Super Takos Page. But until then, here is a pic of a few of them.
The Adoption Center is now open. If you would like to adopt please send us a message! I’ll be making updates of what the Super Takos are up to and some of the crazy things we do together. Thanks again for visiting the site! Please adopt a Tako. They are always looking for new homes. The adoption is $25 and it will cost me $5 to ship them out to you. (up to two Super Takos)
Hi, I’m Nurse Kat. I’m responsible for taking care of the Super Takos. Our website is new so be patient while we get the site up and running. We want to make sure you get all the information you need to figure out which of the Super Takos you would like to adopt.