As Vanessa Carlton once famously sang, “Making my way downtown, walking fast, faces pass, and I see a ginormous tortoise cruising by.”
OK, maybe those weren’t her exact words, but there is indeed a shelled reptile taking Tokyo by storm simply by strolling along the city’s streets.
Recently, a man was spotted patiently walking the magnificent beast through the neighborhood of Tsukishima and the busier, upscale Ginza area. According to RocketNews24, it’s an African spurred tortoise.
月島にカメ散歩させてるおじいちゃんいた！！(撮影許可済) pic.twitter.com/q2umZWpnxz— ヒロシシ (@hi_roshishi) April 12, 2015
Cue the Vanessa Carlton again.
月島ってこんなでかい亀が歩いてんのか pic.twitter.com/wUtZuhtUKp— おーばーだい (@overdie2597) April 12, 2015
And look at the critter’s cute little outfit. Sunday’s finest, right?
今週のセコリ荘は金曜日のみ通常営業で、— イーーート (@secorisou) February 26, 2015
If you’re a pet lover who likes to take things slow, definitely look into raising a tortoise. But don’t underestimate them: I grew up with a pet tortoise, and one day he got out of our backyard and made it down the cul-de-sac in a matter of minutes. Slow and steady wins the race, after all.