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Japan: Tokyo ( ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2014)

After its debut in 2011, the spectacular Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium is back at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, Tokyo, certain to prove even more successful than its preceding exhibitions in 2012 and 2013! The art exhibit which employs nearly 5,000 kingyo (goldfish) displayed in decorative and vibrant displays attracted more than 300,000 visitors last year. This year the exhibition opened on July 11th and will continue until September 23rd. With admission prices of 1,000¥ for adults, 600¥ for elementary school students, the Art Aquarium exhibit attracts mostly couples on dates and families looking to entertain their children with eye candy.

Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall

Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall

The unique exhibits incorporate LED lights, projection mapping, music and scents, permitting visitors to experience “Japanese beauty” with all five senses and a “refreshing coolness” in this blistering heat wave that has engulfed Tokyo lately. This year’s exhibit was produced by Hidetomo Kimura who took his inspiration from the Edo Period. You should note that the exhibition takes a different turn in the evening. After 7:00 p.m., the lights and music change and the venue becomes a “Night Aquarium,” where visitors can enjoy the displays with a cocktail or two in a club-like atmosphere. On Saturdays and days prior to holidays, special live performances take place.

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For those concerned about the kingyo’s safety and well-being, Kimura has assured everyone that the fish are well fed and taken care of, adding that special staff keep an eye on them after exhibit hours.

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The exhibit hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. for the Art Aquarium and 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. for the Night Aquarium. For more information, visit http://h-i-d.co.jp/art/.

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