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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monkey Business


Around a year ago in one of our blogs named Budget Trouble, we have introduced the restaurant in my town, Utsunomiya city, Tochigi prefecture, where monkeys are employed as waiters. We posted an article about this restaurant named "Kayabuki" with the video included (below).





Recently, our video went viral and have been watched over 300 thousand times in a week or so... It all started thanks to popular bloggers featuring the video. It appeared even on FOX2 in Detroit!

This video is sort of shocking and people tend to be creeped out by the appearance of the monkey. His name is Fuku-chan. He wore a girl's high school uniform and a wig when we went there.

We got numerous hysterical comments on this issue, claiming that we are animal abusers for filming the video??? Please read this if you are curious about it. Or please visit our Youtube site, if you are curious about comments we received.

Anyway, this is my world for this week. Welcome to my town, Utsunomiya!!!

This is a That's my world entry.



<Update>
Murphy's Law! As soon as I uploaded the link of our YouTube video, somebody claimed our video due to copyright claim (?). Uploaded a longer version of our video.

20 comments:

  1. This monkey looks smart, but I regret it a little bit. The video is very funny! :)

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  2. Well, I have to say I don't like what they did to this animal at all, BUT, you didn't do it. Like all photographers, you are an observer of the world and this is part of your world. Just because you posted it, doesn't mean you like it. There is so much that is worse in this world. Your critics should save their ranting for the things that should really be pushing emotional buttons. Thanks for the walk on the wild side.

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  3. I agree with Annie. I laughed at the photo and then watched the video and felt a bit of pity for the monkey but it seems loved and well-cared for. I think I like it better w/o the mask though! have a beautiful day Yoshi!

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  4. Your photo has put a big grin on my face, but I am unable to look at the UTube part because our band width is so small here at work it would take all day to download. I will check it out tonight. I would never have thought of using a monkey as a waiter/wiatress...an unusual concept.

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  5. I have to agree with Miss Becky and Genie, I did get a big smile, too! And I, too, felt some pity for the little guy, but he does seem well-loved and cared for. Great post for the day, Yoshi! Hope your week goes well!

    Sylvia

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  6. Saru wa masuku o ue ni hoji suru hōhō sugoi!

    Would love to see the monkey in person...there are many mean comments on the youtube page but yes, to each his own. I don't think it wrong to let the monkey do stuff it enjoys...I don't see cruelty either...it's playing and that's ok!

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  7. It is very strange to see the monkey dressed asa waitress. I hope the monkey is happy working there.

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  8. Videos are blocked here at work, but I'll check this out when I get home.

    How are the furry kids? I have been visiting that blog to see how they are.

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  9. it seems bizarre to see that monkeys are employed as waiters. i don't think i've seen anything like that before. great post and thanks for sharing.

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  10. Could I hire the monkey to replace our Prime Minister. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  11. うわ〜〜サルのウェイトレスはかわいすぎます!!
    日本のサルは頭がいいですね。
    温泉に入ることも知っていますから!

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  12. It's a bit creepy to see the monkey dressed like this, but interesting too. Good emotion production by this photo! I hope that he is happy and well taken care of.

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  13. There is something creepy about the monkey dressed as a girl.. perhaps it's the mask? He is a cute little thing though.. looks well cared for too.

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  14. So cute but I am very afraid of monkeys...lol.

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  15. Monkey for Prime Minister - I think the monkey can do a good job! XD

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  16. That's amazing. I like utsunomiya where I can eat delicious "gyouza" 餃子.
    And there are nostalgic shopping mall.

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  17. I wondered who this weird-looking girl or woman was to see thumbnail, and now I understand it is a disguised monkey for people's fun. Personally I don't like this kind of business, but it's a relief that this monkey is well loved.

    You've made a bit controversial post to let us think and see things from different perspectives. Thank you.

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  18. I think it's the mask that "creeped me out." I can't say I like the idea of the monkey business, but it does appear to be loved and treated well so that's the important thing.

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  19. People dress up their dogs in all kids of crazy shit. The monkey looks creepy as fuck but...it ain't being hurt and it's not your monkey anyway so....wtf is the big deal?

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