Green pheasant きじ
I saw a strange wild animal from far away. What is that?

Green pheasant きじ
It noticed me and got into a squatting position in the grass.
Green pheasant きじ
I slowly walked toward with a 2-meter distance, but it didn’t run away.
Green pheasant きじ
It probably thought it was hiding perfectly but I could still see its whole body.
Green pheasant きじ
Suddenly, it stood up. When the bird and I looked at each other, he ran away without flying.
Green pheasant きじ
The animal in the photo is the Japanese Green Pheasant, Japan’s national bird. (きじ Kiji)
Green pheasant きじ
The male adult pheasants are in showy plumage, while the female ones have simple brown plumage.
Green pheasant きじ
These birds were printed as design on the back of old Japanese 10,000 yen bills. Currently, a phoenix design is printed on 10,000 yen bills.
Green pheasant きじ
I wonder why he didn’t fly.
Green pheasant きじ
See you one day!

Memo
Despite being the national bird of Japan, it is legal to hunt for wild animals such as pheasant, duck, deer or boar in designated hunting grounds in Japan.
Yet, the restaurants and shops that offer pheasant meat in Japan is rare. I haven’t tried eating it.
Monkey bars 雲てい
I saw the Japanese Green Pheasant around a park Tennenshoku-gekijo 天然色劇場 in Kochi 高知 Prefecture.
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Monkey bars 雲てい
There are really long monkey bars in the park.
Monkey bars 雲てい
The monkey bars have 400 bars in 102 meters.
Monkey bars 雲てい
They are in the Guinness Book of World Records.