Ancestors and Descendants
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Notes and Information
The name choices for this walrus were;
Tsukushi: For the horsetails (tsukushi) in bloom at the time of her birth, with a hope that she will grow quickly -- also containing the characters "Tsu" and "Shi" in honor of her older sisters, Tsurara and Shizuku.
Arare: The Japanese word for hail, following the theme of her sisters Tsurara (icicle) and Shizuku (droplet).
Nagisa: Signifying the water's edge, with a hope that the thoughts and love of many people will gather like waves on the shore.
Minamo: Meaning the surface of the water, where icicles (tsurara) melt and droplets (shizuku) fall, in honor of her older sisters.
Tsumugi: The Japanese word for spinning (the process by which yarn is wound onto a bobbin), carrying the hope that the calf will play a role in connecting people.
Voting took place in the park via ballot box from June 21st to July 11th, and her name was announced July 19th.