Friday, April 1, 2016

Shinto Fish

Today the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship is donning scuba gear to dive down to the Hasama Underwater Park near Tateyama, Japan. That’s where a local diver named Hiroyuki Arakawa has been meeting up with his fish friend Yoriko, an Asian sheepshead wrasse, for the last 25 years.

Arakawa is responsible for maintaining a Shinto shrine located in the underwater park and Yoriko always comes to visit with him while he’s down there. When they first meet Arakawa customarily greets Yoriko with a little kiss on his/her head. Then Yoriko appears to enjoy watching Arakawa tend to the shrine. Watch this video to see what a quarter century of friendsip between human and fish looks like:

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