When I went to Beppu, everyone said I HAD to go see the monkeys on Takasakiyama (yama = mountain). MONKEYS?! Wild MONKEYS? Of course I went. The sign here killed me. Please do not to feed, touch, make fun of, or stare in to the eyes of "Taka-kun" (the name representing all monkeys on the mountain).
But after having a closer look at the monkeys - the bigger ones, anyway - I was sure to NOT stare at their eyes...they were a little bit scary! The babies were really cute though. Ironically, the Japanese word for cute (kAwaii) sounds very similar to the word for scary ("kOwai"). Can you find the monkeys in the trees there?
NEED MORE MONKEYS??? Click on the link above and it will take you to a slide show of all the photos from my trip. Well, not ALL the photos, I did edit out the ones from the "Museum of the Hidden Treasures" since this is a family show, after all.