During our visit to Los Angeles earlier this month, we went to the Natural History Museum to see the Extreme Mammals exhibition.
The animal below is the largest land mammal that ever lived on Earth. It is Indricotherium, a gigantic plant eater that weighed around 20 tonnes and stood 5m tall at the shoulders. It was about the size of 3-4 adult African elephants and died out 23 million years ago. Tomorrow we’ll show you the smallest mammal ever.
There are 6,600 hand made carvings at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple at Chino Hills in Los Angeles, which we featured yesterday.
They were carved in India and shipped to Chino Hills to adorn the temple.
During our recent visit to Los Angeles, we visited this amazing Hindu temple in Chino Hills, on the east side of LA.
The ornate temple has the rather long name of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and looks like it was built centuries ago. However it was actually constructed just five years ago in 2011-12.
As well as the Japanese Tanabata Festival that we featured in the previous entry, we also went along to see the Nisei Week grand parade in LA’s Little Tokyo district.
The parade kicked off with an exhibition of motor bike riding by the LAPD, and then had a variety of Japanese cultural displays, including music, dancing and martial arts.
There were also several portable Shinto shrines, which reminded us of the time we spent living and working in Japan.
Last weekend we attended the Japanese Tanabata Festival celebration in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles.
There were stalls selling Japanese clothing and trinkets outside the Japanese American National Museum (above), and origami workshops inside.
Plus performances of Japanese music, and colourful paper lanterns. The Japanese character on the red lanterns means “festival” and the white ones say “good luck/fortune”.
We were lucky enough to catch a partial solar eclipse in Los Angeles earlier this week. The day didn’t look too promising at first, with an unbroken cloud cover.
But the clouds cleared in time for us to watch the eclipse with a very simple pinhole camera. It’s amazing what you can do with two pieces of paper and a few holes of different sizes.
We also liked the “Treasures of Los Angeles” exhibition in the Annenberg Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library. It includes these vintage movie posters, plus old maps and other memorabilia.