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November 17, 2020
Bureau of Construction

The Future of Pandas is Blooming
- Thank you Xiang Xiang -

Xiang Xiang, the giant panda born on June 12, 2017 in the Ueno Zoological Gardens (Ueno Zoo), will be returned to China by December 31, 2020. The name “Xiang Xiang” was chosen to reflect the wish that the panda may blossom like a flower, be surrounded by love, and light the way into the future. The zoo started an event on “Panda Day” October 28, to honor the beloved Xiang Xiang, in the hope that it will brighten the future of pandas everywhere.
This event is distributed on the website of the Ueno Zoo (Tokyo Zoo Net( External link )), the Tokyo Zoo Net YouTube channel(External link), and the official Twitter of the Ueno Zoo(External link). Please enjoy viewing from the comfort of your home.
The Zoo will provide updates on the details and the end date, etc. of the event on its official website.

*The Ueno Zoo has designated October 28 as Panda Day to commemorate the first time giant pandas came to live in the zoo in Japan, on October 28, 1972.

(The Future of Pandas is Blooming- Thank you Xiang Xiang - Event banner)

1. Making the website special for Xiang Xiang!

  • Period
    From 9:30 on Wednesday October 28, 2020
  • Content
    The website of the Ueno Zoological Gardens will be especially focused on Xiang Xiang for a limited period.

2. Telling the story of the panda house with past pamphlets

  • Period
    From 12:00 on Wednesday October 28, 2020
  • Content
    The history of the giant panda house from its beginnings to the newly opened Panda Forest is traced in selected storylines with the pamphlets prepared by the Ueno Zoo in the past. The story can be viewed any time on the website of the Ueno Zoo.

3. Giveaways of wallpapers of Xiang Xiang

  • Period
    From 12:00 on Tuesday (holiday) November 3, 2020
  • Content
    As a token of gratitude, wallpapers detailing the stages of Xiang Xiang’s growth will be given away to the people who have supported the beloved panda since her birth.
    The wallpapers can be downloaded from the website of the Ueno Zoo through your PC or smartphone.

4. Releasing unpublished videos of Xiang Xiang through Panda Actions!

  • Period
    From 12:00 on Tuesday November 10, 2020
  • Content
    The Zoo introduces six hashtags for Panda Actions on its Twitter about what we can do now to conserve giant pandas, a highly vulnerable species.
    Please retweet or quote retweet on tweets of Panda Actions that you want to affirm. Once a threshold of 5,000 tweets has been met, the zoo will release previously unpublished videos.
    *The Panda Actions project aims to enhance awareness about the conservation of giant pandas as each and every one of us takes some action.


【Steps to release unpublished videos of Xiang Xiang】


  • Step 1: Check tweets on Panda Actions of the Ueno Zoo Twitter.
  • Step 2: Retweet or quote retweet the tweets in the twitter.
  • Step 3: Videos will be released when the total number of the retweets and quote retweets has reached 5,000.(There are six videos.)

5. The life of a giant panda – overcoming many difficulties -

  • Period
    From 12:00 on Tuesday November 17, 2020
  • Content
    The website of the Ueno Zoo will release a video tracing the life of a panda looking back on the growth of Xiang Xiang with both published and unpublished videos on a special page. A growing panda faces many difficulties. Let’s think of what we can do to remove those difficulties.

6. #おはようシャンシャン(goodmorningXiangXiang)

  • Period
    From 9:30 on Wednesday November 25, 2020
  • Content
    The Ueno Zoo will provide updates on how Xiang Xiang is doing every morning on its official Twitter with the hashtag#おはようシャンシャン(goodmorningXiangXiang) so that people can watch Xiang Xiang until the final day of her exhibit. The current #モーニングパンダ(MorningPanda) will be discontinued.

※This press release is also available in other languages. (日本語English中文한국어)

For inquiries (Japanese only)
Tokyo Zoological Park Society
Ueno Zoological Gardens
Phone: 03-3828-5171 available until 5:00 PM
Education Promotion Section
Phone: 03-3822-5811
Park Management Section, Park Division, Bureau of Construction
Phone: 03-5320-5365

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