This year is the year of Monkey, which has a character traits of curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness. Awaji Island Monkey Center came up with a creative way to celebrate. Basically, having their group of wild monkeys flash mob and write the Japanese word of "monkey" in katakana.

サル (Sa-Ru)

The spacing, strokes, and style were perfectly done if you kindly ignore the ones who weren’t able to grab a seat for food. The process of how it was written can be related to Japanese New Year’s calligraphy. People write their wishes for the year on a piece of paper with a brush pen that requires high control ability and inner peace. Since this year 2016 presents itself as the year of the Monkey, most common phrases or words are related to being energetic and happiness.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.