Day: February 2, 2018

Japanese News: Baby panda Shanshan

This week, I chose an easy article that does not bring me much new vocabulary but brightens me up and restores my trust in my ability to read (at least some) news articles in Japanese! Link to the article: シャンシャン きょうから先着順に 公開時間も延長 In June 2017, a baby panda named Shanshan was born in Ueno Zoo. The name Shanshan is usually written in katakana シャンシャン and comes from Chinese 香香 Xiangxiang (the “音” pronunciation of the kanji 香 is either コウ or キョウ in Japanese). The baby panda’s first appearance to the public was in December 2017. Shanshan could be seen playing with its mother Shinshin. As I don’t live in Japan, I can’t be sure, but I have the impression that Shanshan had been a huge attraction when it made its public debut. At the time, the tickets to visit Shanshan were delivered by lot (抽選で観覧を受け付け) but from February 1st, they are delivered on a first-come-first-served basis (1日から観覧の受け付け方法を先着順に変え). This other article from NHK says that 1200 persons were waiting at the zoo entrance before the opening …