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Serval takes a stroll in Japari Park.

Japari Park (Japanese: ジャパリパーク Hepburn: Japari Pāku) is a massive open zoo constructed on an archipelago resembling real-life Japan that is home to the Friends. It is the central recurring setting of all Kemono Friends media.

Etymology

The meaning of the word "Japari" is also uncertain. One popular theory suggests that it is a portmanteau of "Japan" and "Safari", owing to its functionality as a massive zoo and its uncanny resemblance to the island nation of Japan. Much of its known culture (as depicted in the manga) is distinctively Japanese as well, which seems to further substantiate this theory.

History

Early Days

Little is known about the history of the location prior to the discovery of Friends. Earlier settlement on the islands that comprise it, as well as their international sovereignty, is a mystery.

At an undetermined point in modern human history, the archipelago was selected for the construction of a massive, open zoo where tourists from around the globe could see a great variety of animals in their natural habitats. It was an ambitious undertaking, and qualified scientists, such as Professor Kako, were invited to participate in bringing it to fruition. The zoo would be known as "Japari Park".

Discovery of "Animal Girls"

The Park's development, however, would take a turn for the unexpected with the observation of a never-before-seen phenomenon within the zoo. Contrary to all known biological studies, the animals which resided on the island were reported as taking the forms of human girls. These mysterious lifeforms, which researches dubbed "Animal Girls", were seemingly capable of all things human: they possessed the ability to speak, a capacity for higher thinking and advanced motor skills befitting of their new bodies. Additionally, they retained abilities and characteristics reminiscent of their original forms, often to the point of granting them superhuman strength and agility. The scientists and staff members responsible for the development of Japari Park, baffled by this startling discovery, endeavored to keep their existence a secret from the outside world in fear that the revelation may engender panic and chaos within the general public.

Welcome to Japari Park

No information exists which documents the time frame between this monumentous discovery and the official opening of Japari Park, but the project would nevertheless reach completion. Infrastructure and buildings to accommodate human visitors were constructed throughout the island chain, and the zoo would be opened to tourists from around the globe. However, contrary to its founders' original intent, its main attraction would be its Animal Girls, now known as "Friends", who lived amongst their human handlers rather than in cages or enclosures. Behind the scenes, research of these mysterious girls and their origins would remain ongoing.

Open to the public and fully commercialized, Japari Park rapidly became a bustling tourist destination, in addition to developing its own culture and permanent residents. Records of the early Park suggest that Japanese culture had a pronounced impact, particularly on its customs and holidays, although whether the zoo was owned by the Japanese government or had any official affiliation with the country is unknown. The human staff worked tirelessly to educate Friends and assist them in integrating into society, a highly successful gesture which enabled the two species to live in peaceful coexistence. Many Friends dwelled in houses, attended schools and immersed themselves in human culture, doing everything from eating meat buns to reading manga.

The Cellien Invasion

However, these carefree days would not last forever. Japari Park would find itself beseiged by a hostile race of mysterious aliens known as the Cellien, led by the monstrous Cellien Queen. Due to the danger posed by the monsters' vicious, malevolent nature and penchant for stealing Sparkle, humanity evacuated the islands, and much of the zoo's staff followed suit. The Friends, who called Japari Park home, were left to fend for themselves. During this period, danger overran the once-peaceful place. Many Friends kept to their own devices and attempted to live their daily lives in spite of the Cellien threat, but the change that had taken place was clear as day. Impending danger and the absence of their human caretakers would quickly paint a very different picture of the Japari Park that they knew.

With the help of the Park Guide Mirai and a mysterious protagonist suffering from amnesia, the Friends would gain the upper hand against the Cellien and successfully expel them from their island. This victory would enable Japari Park to reopen and rebuild, and a new director was appointed for the massive zoo. The details of its grand reopening are uncertain, as is the duration of time that it stayed open. What is known, however, is that Japari Park's trouble with Celliens were far from over.

An additional Cellien outbreak would occur not long after, to the dismay of Mirai and her Friend companions. Tireless effort was made to combat it, but at least on the island region of Kyōshū, the challenge would prove too difficult. The discovery of a new type of Sandstar, known as "Sandstar Rō", in conjunct with an unfamiliar type of Cellien which absorbed it as a regenerative mechanism, pit the Friends and their human companions against a seemingly invincible enemy. Defeated, they were forced to abandon the Kyōshū Region entirely. Fortunately, the Friends living there were safely evacuated along with the park staff. The whereabouts of both the staff and Friends involved in this incident are unknown.

Kyōshū, Post-Humanity

While the status of the other eight regions of Japari Park is undefined, the Kyōshū Region in its present state is well documented. Significant time has passed since humans inhabited the island, and much of their technology, buildings, and infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. The words on signs meant for park visitors have all but rusted away, bridges have collapsed and attractions are no longer functional. Remaining functional technology is operated thanks to the Lucky Beasts which remained in Kyōshū even after its evacuation. The robots perform a multitude of maintenance duties, including the all-important production and distribution of Japari Buns, which are essential to Friends' diets.

Despite the apparent evacuation of those who fought alongside Mirai, new generations have nevertheless been born on the island in the time since its abandonment. These Friends, in stark contrast with their counterparts who lived amongst humanity and enjoyed the luxuries of their modern culture, lead simple lives in the ruined Kyōshū. Cellien attacks are not uncommon, so the Friends living there have designated hunters for their protection and follow the guidance of their village chiefs, Professor Konoha and Assistant Mimi-chan. Only a handful of those on the island knew of humanity prior to the birth of Kaban, a human Friend and access to the technology they left behind as well as their ingenuities (including such simple concepts as the ability to remove one's clothes) is limited to what can be learnt from books in Japari Library.

It is not to say, however, that the Friends of dilapidated Kyōshū are unhappy. Most are able to enjoy an innocent and simple existence among their fellow Animal Girls. Many have found jobs to perform in their basic society, taking advantage of their natural capabilities and interests. Conflicts occasionally arise, but the Friends are peace-loving and gentle, and even in tests of might they seem unwilling to hurt one another. It is unknown for how long they have existed in this state without human contact, but it seems that even when left to their own devices, Friends can live in harmony, at least with the aid of Lucky Beasts.

Other Regions

The fate of the other eight regions of Japari Park, including the all-important Park Central, is uncertain. Kaban and Serval were last seen en route to the Gokoku Region, however, so further information may be revealed in future media.

Regions

The map of Japari Park shown in Kemono Friends 3, labelled by Sparkle.

Japari Park is divided into nine distinctive regions, each with an equivalent area in real-world Japan. Some regions border one another, while others take up the entirety of smaller islands and are separated from their neighbors by sea. Nevertheless, all nine comprise the full map of Japari Park. Kemono Friends 3 later has introduced a few more locations within the park.

Kyōshū Region

Main article: Kyōshū Region

The Kyōshū Region, equivalent to real-world Kyūshū, is featured as the first location visited by the player in the original Kemono Friends mobile game, serving as the setting of both the tutorial and Chapter 1. In this story, it was a temperate grassland home to several significant Friends, including Serval and Caracal.

An'in Region

Main article: An'in Region

The An'in Region is the second location visited by the player in the original Kemono Friends mobile game. It is the setting of Chapter 2 and was characterized as a heavily forested area. It is based on real-life Chūgoku, also known as San'in.

Sankai Region

Main article: Sankai Region

The Sankai Region is the third location visited by the player in the original game. It was shown to be a desert region dotted with oases, featured as the setting of Chapter 3. It is based on real-life Kansai, home to Ōsaka and takoyaki.

Nakabe Region

Main article: Nakabe Region

The Nakabe Region is the fourth location visited by the player in the original game. It was depicted as a waterfront region, which fortunately the Japari Bus was able to traverse due to its advanced capabilities. It is based on real-life Chūbu.

Hokkai Region

Main article: Hokkai Region

The Hokkai Region is the fifth location visited by the player in the original game. In the game story, it was a tundra covered in fields of snow where Friends favoring cold weather reside, but it was also home to hot springs. According to Arctic Fox, there is a location in Hokkai called Tsubekuri Snowfield, one of the few places where you can see the aurora.

Hōtoku Region

Main article: Hōtoku Region

The Hōtoku Region is the sixth location visited by the player in the original game. Owing to its drastic altitude change from the surrounding regions and its sky-high mountains, it was described as a "Sea of Clouds" by some, and "Bird Land" by the multitude of bird Friends who lived there. It is based on real-life Tōhoku.

Gokoku Region

Main article: Gokoku Region

The Gokoku Region is the seventh location visited by the player in the original game. Like neighboring Kyōshū, it is an island region separate from the mainland of Japari Park. Gokoku, as it appeared in the game, was a temperate island featuring both mountains and beaches, and various kinds of Friends inhabited it. It is based on real-life Shikoku.

Riukiu Region

Main article: Riukiu Region

The Riukiu Region is the eighth location visited by the player in the original game. It was a tropical beach with white sands in its game appearance, and it is situated in the southernmost part of Japari Park. It is based on real-life Ryukyu.

Park Central

Main article: Park Central

The Park Central is the ninth location visited by the player in the original game. It was described to be the entrance door to Japari Park, is an amusement park with a vast array of facilities which included the Kemono Hospital and the Kemono Castle.

Gallery


Places in Japari Park
Region
Kyōshū RegionAn'in RegionSankai RegionNakabe RegionHokkai RegionHōtoku RegionGokoku RegionRiukiu RegionAkushimaPark CentralAnyo RegionRikuhoku RegionAnto Region
Nexon Game
Sodaina MountainOasis No. 1Amatatsu WaterfallJapari Crocodile GardenShizukesa ForestTsubekuri SnowfieldBird GardenGomanto RiverJapari Café (Gen 2) • Wolf HouseKemono Castle
Manga
CityJapari Café (Gen 1) • Japari CakeJapari Girls AcademyJapari MartRiukiu Aquarium
Anime
Amusement ParkAn'in BridgeHot SpringJapari Café (Gen ?) • Japari LibraryLodge CampoSandstar Volcano
Stage Play
Japari Museum
Pavilion
Pavilion
S2
Azua ParkMarine Life ParkSouth Maerica ParkJungle ParkJapari Hotel
3
JRST HQOdysseyJapari Night Market
Types of Areas
SavannaJungleForestDesertWaterfrontSnowfieldSkyPlainsOceanTropicsCity
World of Kemono Friends
Major Characters
Humans CalendaHikariJinriJSRT CaptainKabanKakoKyururuMiraiNanaPark FounderTowaYao
Friends ServalCervalCaracalRaccoonFennec FoxPPPEzo Red FoxFour GodsDholeMeerkatShort-Beaked Common Dolphin
Other Cellien QueenCelliensLuckyLucky BeastsLucky Beast Type-IIIStar BeastsGroups
Locations
Japari ParkKingdomKyōshū RegionRiukiu RegionPark CentralPavilion
Objects
Japari BunJapari BusJapari LineKemono AmuletLucky BeastPatrol Plane
Terminology
CellienFriendBeastSandstarCelliumSparkleKemonoplasmKemo Harmony
Useful Pages
Introduction to Kemono FriendsList of FriendsGlossary
Kemono Friends (2015 Mobile Game)
Characters
Major Characters
CervalMiraiServalTowaCellien QueenStar BeastsSilver FoxCaracalCrested IbisLuluWhite RhinocerosArai-sanFennec Fox
Minor Characters
Rabi-RabiBlack RhinocerosMargayOinari-sama
Groups
Apron Lovers' ClubCarefree Floaters' ClubClan of the Kings of a Hundred BeastsKemo Courageous Spears Chivalric OrderNyan Nyan FamilyPowerful Girls AllianceTeam I'll Bite YouWater GirlsWolf Federation
Locations
Japari ParkKyōshū RegionAn'in RegionSankai RegionNakabe RegionHokkai RegionHōtoku RegionGokoku RegionRiukiu RegionPark CentralKemono Castle
Quests
Story QuestsEvent QuestsGroup QuestsCharacter Quests
Terminology
The Four GodsFriendsCelliensJapari BusGroupSandstarSparkle
Lists and Documentation
CelliensCostumesEventsGameplay MechanicsItems and EquipmentMusicUnused ContentUpdate History
Friends
Mammals
A-F
AardwolfAfrican Bush ElephantAfrican Forest ElephantAfrican Golden WolfAfrican Wild DogAlpine IbexAmerican BisonArabian OryxArctic FoxArctic HareArctic WolfArizonan JaguarAsian Golden CatAsian Small-Clawed OtterAurochsAye-AyeBaikal SealBantengBarbary LionBat-Eared FoxBearded SealBengal TigerBergman's BearBinturongBlack-Backed JackalBlack-Tailed Prairie DogBlackbuckBlack JaguarBlack LeopardBlack RhinocerosBlue WhaleBobcatBornean OrangutanBrazilian PorcupineBrown BearBrown Greater GalagoBrown Long-Eared BatBuru BabirusaCalifornia Sea LionCape LionCapybaraCaracalCheetahChinese White DolphinClouded LeopardCollared PeccaryCommon Bottlenose DolphinCommon Brushtail PossumCommon ChimpanzeeCommon ElandCommon Ringtail PossumCommon Vampire BatCommon WombatCougarCoyoteCoypuCrested PorcupineCulpeoDholeDingoDire WolfDomestic CatDonkeyDromedaryDugongEastern WolfEurasian BeaverEurasian LynxEurasian OtterEuropean HareEzo Brown BearEzo Red FoxFennec FoxFlat-Headed CatFossaFraternal Myotis
G-L
GaurGeoffroy's CatGiant AnteaterGiant ArmadilloGiant Forest HogGiant PandaGiant PangolinGolden JackalGolden Lion TamarinGolden Snub-Nosed MonkeyGolden TigerGray FoxGray WolfGreater BilbyGreater GliderGrizzly BearGrévy's ZebraGuanacoGuernsey CattleHarp SealHilgendorf's Tube-Nosed BatHipparionHippopotamusHippopotamus GorgopsHokkaido WolfHolstein Friesian CattleHonduran White BatHoney BadgerHooded SealHuacaya AlpacaHyracotheriumImpalaIndian ElephantIndian RhinocerosIndian WolfIndriIriomote CatItalian WolfJaguarJaguarundiJapanese BadgerJapanese Black BearJapanese BoarJapanese MartenJapanese River OtterJapanese SquirrelJapanese WolfJersey CattleJungle CatKing CheetahKoalaKodiak BearKyūshū Flying SquirrelLeopardLinnaeus's Two-Toed SlothLionLong-Tailed Chinchilla
M-R
Malayan TapirMaltese TigerMandrillManed WolfMarbled CatMargayMarkhorMasai LionMasked Palm CivetMediterranean Monk SealMedium Tree FinchMeerkatMexican WolfMongolian WolfMooseMountain GoatMountain HareMountain TapirMule DeerMuskoxNarwhalNilgaiNorth American BeaverNorthern Fur SealNorthern Sea OtterNumbatOcelotOkapiPademelonPale FoxPink Fairy ArmadilloPlains ZebraPlatypusPolar BearPronghornPrzewalski's HorsePère David's DeerQuaggaRaccoonRaccoon DogRed KangarooRed PandaReindeerReticulated GiraffeRhim GazelleRing-Tailed LemurRinged SealRoe DeerRothschild's GiraffeRyukyu Boar
S-Z
SableSable AntelopeSaiga AntelopeSand CatScaly-Tailed PossumSchomburgk's DeerServalSheepShort-Beaked Common DolphinSiberian ChipmunkSiberian TigerSika DeerSilky AnteaterSilver FoxSivatheriumSmilodonSnow LeopardSnow SheepSouth African GiraffeSouth China TigerSouthern PudúSouthern Sea OtterSouthern TamanduaSpectacled BearSpectacled Hare-WallabySpotted HyenaSpringbokSquirrel GliderSteller's Sea CowSteller Sea LionStoatStriped SkunkSulawesi Bear CuscusSumatran RhinocerosSun BearSuri AlpacaTakinTarpanTasmanian DevilThomson's GazelleThylacineTibetan AntelopeTibetan Sand FoxTopiTransvaal LionTundra WolfVenezuelan Red HowlerVicuñaWalrusWater DeerWestern Lowland GorillaWestern Spotted SkunkWhite-Eared OpossumWhite LionWhite RhinocerosWhite TigerWild Bactrian CamelWoolly MammothYezo Sika Deer
Birds
Acorn WoodpeckerArctic TernAtlantic PuffinBald EagleBarn OwlBlack SwanCampo FlickerChukar PartridgeCommon CuckooCommon OstrichCrested IbisDodoEastern Spot-Billed DuckEgyptian GooseEmperor PenguinEmuEurasian Eagle-OwlForest OwletGastornisGentoo PenguinGoldcrestGolden EagleGreater Bird-Of-ParadiseGreater FlamingoGreater HoneyguideGreater RheaGreater RoadrunnerGreen PheasantGuadalupe CaracaraHarpy EagleHumboldt PenguinIndian PeafowlJapanese Bush WarblerJapanese CormorantKing VultureKyushu OwlLarge-Billed CrowMartial EagleMarvellous SpatuletailNorthern GoshawkNorthern White-Faced OwlNorth Island Giant MoaOkinawa RailOriental StorkPassenger PigeonPeregrine FalconPink-Backed PelicanRed-Crowned CraneRed JunglefowlResplendent QuetzalRock DoveRock PtarmiganRoss's GullScarlet IbisSecretarybirdShoebillSouthern Brown KiwiSouthern CassowarySouthern Rockhopper PenguinSpectacled OwlStriated CaracaraSuperb LyrebirdTundra SwanWhite-Naped CraneWhite Peafowl
Reptiles
African Rock PythonAlligator Snapping TurtleAmazon Tree BoaAmerican AlligatorBlack MambaBoomslangCoastal TaipanEmerald Tree BoaEuropean RatsnakeFrilled LizardGalápagos TortoiseGharialIndian Star TortoiseKing CobraKomodo DragonLeopard TortoiseOkinawan HabuPanther ChameleonRed-Eared SliderRed-Footed TortoiseSaltwater CrocodileSatanic Leaf-Tailed GeckoSpectacled Caiman
Amphibians
AxolotlHellbenderJapanese Giant SalamanderNorthern Dwarf Siren
Fictional
ByakkoCervalDanzaburou-DanukiGenbuInugami GyoubuJinmengyoKamaitachi (Chi)Kamaitachi (Setsu)Kamaitachi (Ten)Nine-Tailed FoxOinari-samaPeach PantherSeiryuShisa LeftyShisa RightSkyfishSuzakuTsuchinokoYamata No OrochiYatagarasu
Crossover
DororoGiroroHAW-206KeroroKururuLogikomaTachikoma Type-ATachikoma Type-BTachikoma Type-CTamamaUchikoma