Friendship is SCIENCE!
As Animagic4U posted, she, Cryx, and I all brought our girls to the local Japanese Friendship Garden, which I'll admit I hadn't realized we even had until Animagic sent out the doll meet invites.
We were immediately greeted by the sight of vicious fish swarming their landbound prey.
Agatha and Rei revel in the fact that they are not the fish's victims--Agatha because this way she gets to observe their behavior, Rei purely because it's not her getting eaten.
Here we observe Cryx performing the ritualistic scalp replacement on his Sasara. This is a common practice between dolls and their owners.
The group poses in front of the pond after the fish carnage and the scalp swapping. Agatha and Rei have elected to use a buddy system to avoid becoming future reverse sushi.
I used to write off the Sasara mold as being kind of passive, but here she's positively seething! I think she didn't like being caught bald on camera.
Animagic bestows some photographic attention on her bite-size daughter, Sayuri.
Buddy system: Effective!
We then wandered away from the pond and hung out on a little bench.
We were however beckoned back by the sound of running water, and the calls of ducks in the midst of schadenfreude. Don't believe me? They were laughing at us. Really.
Only one hint that this garden is smack dab in the middle of the city.
Rei takes a moment to meditate in the sun.
Agatha: "Hey look, it's the fish!"
Fish: "FEED ME! Blurble burble.
This is what happens when you cross a koi with a coelocanth.
. . . and of course, the second her back is turned the fish come swarming. Devious predators!
Luckily the moment Agatha put her hat back on to shield herself from the sun, they became intimidated by the evil enchantress and scarpered off.
Sisters Yukino and Sasara also employed the buddy system to good effect.
The fish didn't stay away forever though. Gawd, just look how huge they are! Dinosaurs.
Sayuri can't be bothered with safety and climbs to an unsafe height.
Sasara: "Hey, look, they're oblivious. You think they're gonna get eaten?"
Yukino: "Huh? Oh, yeah, maybe."
You can never resist a path when you find one.
Animagic helps Rei prepare for her debut with a new sport. . .
. . .Bucking Shachi riding!
After this, I happened to wonder aloud how many girls would fit on that fish. Well, Agatha leapt onboard with a call of "FOR SCIENCE!"
Yukino piled on soon after, I suppose unable to resist a free ride.
. . . Hey, where'd Sasara go?
Sasara: "HEEEEEEY HEEEEEEELP!"
Sasara: "You guys, THIS ISN'T FUNNY! LET ME GO!"
Sasara: "Why do I put up with these people!?"
. . . Duuh---DUN.
Rei: ". . . um. . . . . . . KAY."
A large mysterious tower looms. . .
. . . with access forbidden with the cunning use of land mines.
Sayuri, and Rei.
Thanks so much for inviting me, you guys. It was a blast! Hope we get to do it again.