Someone at the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街) seemed to think the large mackerel—officially dubbed Waka Saba-chan (若さばちゃん)—that hangs from the arcade roof ought to have the chance to enjoy hanami before the last cherry blossoms fall this spring. I’d really like to know how that came up in the management meeting.

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“Is this your order?”

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Who says a local business cooperative can’t have a sense of humor?

Update 2014/04/14:

An additional photo of the jailbreak:

Waka Saba-chan’s return journey:

Safely back among the rafters: