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每日跟讀#714: About Japan - Lawson becomes ‘awson’ to save birds nesting near L in sign

勞森變「奧森」 以保住招牌L字母旁的鳥巢

· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

每日跟讀#714: About Japan - Lawson becomes ‘awson’ to save birds nesting near L in sign

A nature-loving Lawson owner in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture couldn’t bear to disturb a bird’s nest to replace the dead bulb behind the L in the convenience store’s sign.


Fans of "awson," as the outlet in this popular hot spring resort area is now commonly known, have heaped praise on Shusaku Yoshimoto for leaving the L alone.


A pair of swallows are raising chicks in the nest in a snug space beside the letter.


Yoshimoto spotted the nest in May last year, when workers came to fix the sign after all the bulbs burned out.


The repairmen said they couldn’t do the job unless they ripped out the nest, so Yoshimoto postponed it until the chicks were ready to take off.


The birds flew out the very next month. But then Yoshimoto thought, what if they come back? So he decided to let the light for the L remain dark.


The pair returned this spring.


"It’s said swallows will bring good luck, and our customers are looking forward to seeing them,"Yoshimoto said.


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Kyoto warns foreign tourists of danger of monkey attacks 京都警告外國遊客有遭猴子攻擊之虞

Wild primates are monkeying around in Kyoto, but tourists who have been attacked are not amused.


According to Kyoto officials, 30 people, most of whom were foreign visitors, have been attacked by monkeys since February, with many being bitten or scratched.


According to city officials, a tourist was bit by a monkey at the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, renowned for a large number of vermillion torii gates in its grounds, on Feb. 14.


From then on, until April 18, 30 people have fallen victim to such bad monkey behavior. They were attacked by what is believed to be parent monkeys as they attempted to feed and take pictures of younger monkeys.


Starting from April, Kyoto city and prefectural police have handed out fliers to tourists and temples and shrines, which warn "Beware of monkeys!" in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.


City officials have patrolled the areas where attacks have occurred and driven the monkeys away by shouting when they see one.


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