Friday, May 09, 2003
I wasn't going to write any more this evening but I've just seen the news about Tama-chan, the famous Japanese seal and cult icon: This week Tama-chan made a shocking reappearance. Every newspaper and TV station carried close-up pictures of a fishing hook through the beast's right eyelid, confirming Japan's worst fears for a wild seal living in such a densely populated area. "Tama-chan, are you OK?" was the anxious question asked everywhere this week, as a nation temporarily pushed aside its own worries about North Korea's nuclear missiles, the spread of Sars in China and perennially awful economic news. For the rest of the story, see today's Guardian. Let's hope Tama-chan is, indeed, OK.