bought the tickets for mother farm the day before from lawson. about 1450yen for a person with free ice cream.
got up around 830am to prepare to go mother farm. didn't have time for breakfast but we got onigiris at 79yen and bread for 69yen (so it's super duper cheap and good). it's a freaking 2 hour ride from misato though. managed to get the shuttle bus from kimitsu but it only starts moving around 1140am
eventually we managed to reach mother farm around 12pm.
first few animals that welcomed us at the door
the animals here are somewhat dirty and kinda stink. i think it would be a bad move to come in the summer. and this lamb looks injured, there's like houseflies over its bald spot. i was wondering if there's maggots inside.
and thus began our tour
we headed down to the stables
i think the animals are probably all underfed here, look at what the poor house was trying to do
there was also lots of kids drawing pictures of the animals
then we visited some lambs
you can buy feed from a box to feed them too
there's a kid who was trying to roll down the hill happily. so cute.
and there's lots of people bringing their cute dogs around, playing badminton or just picnicking.
we caught the duck march performance.
the duckherder (or whatever you call them) leads the ducks by throwing duck feed.
and i think they have been conditioned to move towards the bell when it's rung, because you get food at those places, and you will see ducks just trying to fly over to whoever rings the bell
after the performance, we saw a theme park in the farm too.
but of cos the rides look too lame and it costs money so we didn't try.
saw this dog bus which brings you around the farm, while barking (it's pretty noisy)
then we walked down this looooong hill to get to the cows. there's freaking huge spiders everywhere.
but the view is great
got our ice cream along the downhill stores. it's actually selling for 300yen each. i got blueberry one and atsu got a vanilla-blueberry twist
it's huge and delicious. yum. though the weather is cooooold.
anyway, at the cow farm, you can line up to squeeze milk from their udders.
but just look at the number of people who wants to do that...
so since it's impossible, we just took a look and went off
the cow stables stink big time by the way. i had to wrap my scarf around my face to stop the stink
then we went to the pig farm to watch a race.
there's interesting kids with makeshift doll hats
before the race starts, small pig dolls are sold for 500yen each, which acts like a bet. you buy the pig with the number of the pig which you think will win the race, and if you got it correctly, you get a big black pig as a reward. neat, except i can't think of anyone to give the pig to except my sister. hahaah
there's 4 races, and kids are invited to encourage the pigs to run to the end by patting their butt.
we watched 2 races, then got bored. visited a river with ducks and lambs roaming around
you see that flapping duck? its how you distinguish a male from a female. and it seems that female ducks quack a lot more than male ones too. urusai.
this pig has super hard skin and hair. scary
and there's a horse foal too
somewhere near the river, you can see a maze but we didn't go there cos it'll probably cost to get in. everything needs money here. sucks.
managed to take a photo while going back up the hills
grabbed a donut for 100yen which tastes pretty different from all the donuts that i've eaten. it's made from soybean.
watched the mongolians perform (singing and instruments) while waiting for our lamb show to start.
the way they sing is pretty special, and i bet no one can understand what they're saying. but the music is pretty nice.