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5 Sep 2013

Kinoshita Circus, Japan

Tokyo [東京] • 5 SEPTEMBER 2013
I loved going to the circus. Especially they came from exotic foreign countries, bringing with them strange animals . It was exciting and scary at the same time, and often I would dream to perform in circus as a clown...  heee....heee....

The Kinoshita Circus is one of the world’s three major circuses, and has been entertaining crowds in Japan since its foundation more than 110 years ago. I missed Kinoshita Circus when it was performing in Yokohama, Japan from February 17, 2013- May 07, 2013. Hopefully I will bump into them again in near future......
Twice daily performances are presented weekdays, and three on Saturdays and Sundays. Monday through Wednesday the programs are 11 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. Friday performances are at 1 p.m. and 3:40 p.m., and weekends the shows are at 10:20 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. The circus is closed on Thursdays. Spectators rave about the savage beast show involving lions. Eight animals containing a white lion with the beautiful mane of hair, which shines white, sit on predetermined stands awaiting the trainer’s signal. 

The lion show is full of surprises, often involving audience participation. General admission advance tickets are ¥2,400 for adults or ¥2,700 at the door. Kids under 15 pay ¥1,400 for an advance ticket or ¥1,600 for a ticket at the door. The circus is at Toyosaki Town, 3-35 Toyosaki, in Tomigusuku City. The best feature of the show is the animal performance with four white lions. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these four rare white lions, whose population is said to be only 300 worldwide. 

The star performers are Pharaoh, a male white lion born in 2008, and Slimane, Clarence and Shiva, white lion brothers and a sister born in 2008 at a zoo in England. They were brought to a training facility at six months of age and they have been in training since they were one and a half years old. The four lions finally made their debut in November 2010 in Kagoshima, Japan. Along with John Illig, their trainer, these amazing white lions will put on a spectacular show. 


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