Sunday, March 02, 2008

Monkeys in a hot spring

Japanese monkeys soak in a hot spring in a snow-covered valley in Yamanouchi town, central Japan February 17, 2008.


tina FCD said...

Ohh...too cool!

Stardust said...

I love how human the monkeys look. They are enjoying this as much as humans do, with human expression. Love the one floating almost totally underwater with only his little face poking through the surface.

Andrea said...

Those are totally human expressions! I wish I was in a hot spring right now.

According to primatologist Frans De Waal: in the East, there isn't as much of a perceived divide between human and animal as we have in the West because of our religious tradition and lack of primates in our geography. In fact, the Japanese word for monkey (o-saru-san) has the honorific prefix and translates to "mister monkey."