Monkey’s Scope Trial

Yep, this turned out to be a primo panhandling spot. Plenty of tourists, lotta cash, and all I gotta do is flash ’em that sad soulful look that says “what, you can drop a hundred yen to stare at Mt. Kitayama for three minutes, but you can’t buy me one lousy banana?”

Spotted in Kyoto, Japan, by Flickr user Noel Reynolds.



  1. It works especially well with young men with their dates. “Bad enough you can’t buy me a flower, you can’t spare a peanut for a starving monkey?”

  2. Aww he is so cute and fluffy! HE could have all my money.

  3. Rachael says:

    I think this is the first time I’ve seen one of these guys outside the steaming hot springs. 🙂

    I’d buy him a whole bunch of bananas!

  4. Best post title eva.NOMTOM, you are a genius.

  5. Rachael says:

    I was just gonna say… superb title punnage!

  6. skippymom says:

    Mr. Monkey, I will buy you a bushel of bananas if you will let me hold your shaggy hands for a few minutes.

  7. It’s a good thing for my keyboard that I wasn’t drinking coffee when I read the title! I did make a superbly unattractive snorting noise.

    I love the curled up paws on this monkey. I would buy him many bananas if I were in Japan.

  8. 260Oakley says:

    Evolutionary, my dear NTMTOM.

  9. Fird Birfle says:

    *snerk @ hovertext*

    The Minkeys never used ta talk THAT way, when I wuz a kid …..

  10. Fird Birfle says:

    ALSO to any tourists planning to visit these shaggy folk: DON”T give them the cash; they’ll just use it to buy bootleg whiskey at the corner store.
    Give them the bananas, directly, instead.

  11. Fird Birfle says:

    PS: he does look rather like a grumpy old Irish or Scottish guy,
    “There, what’s HE on, about???” 🙂

  12. It’s all about NTMTOM. The monkey’s nice too.

  13. Theresa says:

    Oh please, it’s their business if they buy bootleg whiskey or saki. What is this, the ‘Nana state? 😛

  14. skippymom says:

    Yeah, really!!

  15. Theresa says:

    I see, it’s time for ANOTHER Peter Gabriel-inspired Monkey-Verse! 😀

    Climbing up a Jap’nese hill,
    Went to the scope to see the sights.
    This fuzzy gink was sitting still,
    Hoping for some lunch invites.
    With a look morose and sad
    Looking for some pity snacks,
    Too stinkin’ cute, the little cad,
    Watch out for sneaky monk attacks. 😛

  16. Theresa says:

    ORLY? 😆

  17. skippymom says:

    yeah whatever

  18. Little monkey man, I would give you a bushel of bananas!

  19. @Firdie—they also steal chips. At least that’s what my grandmama told me.

  20. Theresa says:

    😕 meh

  21. Theresa says:

    Doritos Tacos Locos?

  22. victoreia says:


  23. Robin Kiesel says:

    SUPERB!!!!! i bow to your superior Monkey-Versage!

  24. Monkey is adorable, but I must be pedantic: “Mt. Kitayama” is, in fact, saying “Mt. Kita Mountain”. “Yama” is Japanese for “mountain”. Thus, you can call it Mt. Kita, Kitayama or Kita-san, but do not combine any of the aforementioned three.

    Thus endeth the Japanese lesson for the day.

  25. Ali-Baba says:

    One little monkey sittin’ on the scope,
    He fell off and bumped his head.
    Momma called the doctor and
    The doctor said,
    No more monkeys sittin’ on the scope!

  26. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    *applause* And one of my favorite Peter Gabriel songs, yet.

  27. phred's mom says:

    arigato, Katie-san!

  28. I have the exact same pic! I took it at the Arishayama Monkey Park just a short distance from Kyoto. All the monkeys run wild, and you can walk around the park looking at them. There are signs saying not to bring out food or to look them directly in the eye. If you make eye contact they could see this as a sign of aggression and may attack you. At the top of the hill is a small shop where you can buy apple slices and peanuts to feed the monkeys. You have to stand inside the hut and pass the treats through a chain link fence. I loved this place!

  29. @Theresa…I dunno about that. The story goes that monkeys in India that look similar to this one took the chips she was hiding in her sari blouse :-O

  30. Theresa says:

    YIKES 😯

  31. Theresa says:

    I have a few of these . . it started here:

  32. Theresa says:

    Oh my gosh– my monkey poem now has SEVEN verses!! 😯

  33. Theresa says:

    PS: RE: Hovertext: This monkey’s from Jersey???

  34. lds7yrs says:

    Time to publish them in a book with the appropriate monkey pics? Please, pretty please?

  35. Alice Shortcake says:

    The ‘paws up = cute’ rule in full force!

  36. Also, is it just me or does the binocular thingy look like s/he might be Wall-E’s cousin?

  37. bookmonstercats says:

    I was just scrolling down, carefully looking at all the posts (for the wit and punnage, natch), before I burst forth with my air* to exclaim “Is it just me, or is he sitting on Wall -E?”

    *more Kenneth Williams

  38. Fird Birfle says:

    Ackshually, I tho’t ‘e was from Dublin, Ireland.

  39. Fird Birfle says:

    @ Emmylee:
    ya don’ think that they were just using that,
    as an excuse to (you will pardon the expression) cop a feel???

  40. “Monkey’s Scope Trial”

    That’s what i call a highly evolved sense of humor.

  41. That is the best headline you’ve ever written, oh Cute Overlord. *salutes*

  42. Theresa says:

    What does the “Kita” part mean?

  43. Theresa says:
  44. @Firdie….I’m shocked you would say that! 😉 Actually no clue. I was told this story after my grandmother passed 🙂 I was told she put the chips into her sari blouse, the monkey came down, moved her hand took the chips and ran off. She was too stunned to do anything but laugh.
    It could also be my parents used that story to keep me from hiding food in my clothes when we visited india. *shifty eyes*

  45. skippymom says:

    Emmylee, I was also rather shocked that our Fird would use such a coarse expression.

  46. kodalai says:


  47. bob drummond says:

    Never mind the money, honey – just give the guy some food and he’ll appreciATE it !

  48. bob drummond says:

    HEY ! Watch it with the Scotch & and Irish comments – OKAY ??

  49. bob drummond says:

    Okay, let’s all stop monkeying around and get on with living !!