LOOK: Over 10,000 Goldfish Take Over This Cool Exhibition in Tokyo
Watching them swim inside the neon tanks is mesmerizing!
ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2019 ~Edo, Coolness of Kingyo~ & Night Aquarium
Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, 5/F Coredo Muromachi 1 (Entrance is on the fourth floor)
Open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Sunday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays or the day before a Japanese holiday. The Art Aquarium is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the Night Aquarium is open from 7 p.m. to 10:30 pm (It is open until 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays or the day before a Japanese holiday.).
The ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2019 Edo-Goldfish Cool & Night Aquarium was recently launched at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo last July 5 and will be available for public viewing until September 23. This popular event features different kinds of fish, including goldfish, swimming inside large aquariums. Here, you can admire them moving around the tank as if they were part of an artwork.
Since this is the last time that the event will be held at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, the organizing committee decided to increase the number of goldfish to be exhibited—exceeding 10,000, with the number of works at its largest scale.
Let us walk you through the cool and contemporary exhibit!
Aqua Art Exhibition “ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2019 ~ Edo, Coolness of Kingyo~ & Night Aquarium”
The exhibition highlights a total of 20 representative works at the Art Aquarium Nihonbashi. Among these include Oiran, which constitutes of a thousand goldfish, and Ooku, which uses the flow of the former. The Super Oiran is a gigantic aquarium with 17 other tanks surrounding it. In addition to these works, the exhibit also has the Lotusrium, which has lotus flowers for its motif, and other aquariums worth seeing.
The composite aquarium, Ooku, spans around three meters in width.
The Giyamanrium produces a prismatic effect in a transparent polyhedral aquarium. Paradoxrium, on the other hand, is designed in a way that you can’t see the vertical surface of the tank. Another feature of the exhibit is the Kaleidorium 3D, whose structure will make you feel like you’re looking into a kaleidoscope. Other aquariums with different visual effects are also exhibited during the event.
Aside from that, the exhibit also has a Kingyo Collection, which showcases rare types of goldfish. Another featured artwork is the Kingyo Hinpyo (Goldfish Review), which allows you to observe the goldfish from above the aquarium.
After 7 p.m., the Night Aquarium is held at the facility. There are lots of other special events done daily, too, such as traditional Japanese performances and music events hosted by DJs.
The Goldfish Review gives you a different perspective of the fish swimming in the tank.
Aside from the goldfish aquariums, the ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2019 Enjoy Cool Edo with All Five Senses also became an annual summer event in the Nihonbashi area. Tourists will be happy to find a lot of goods and gourmet dishes with goldfish motifs available here.
There are 110 different shops in Nihonbashi’s shopping district. They serve a variety of dishes and drinks—from desserts, bar menus, and alcoholic drinks.
One of the unique shops you can find here is Suigian—a theater-style restaurant & lounge in Coredo Muromachi designed by the Art Aquarium artist. There, you can indulge in a goldfish motif menu while enjoying Japanese traditional performances like Noh, Kyogen, and Buyou (traditional Japanese dance).
Theater-style restaurant & lounge, Suigian
Various events are also held outside of Coredo Muromachi.
Large lanterns with goldfish designs are lit up in Nakadori.
Nakadori, a path leading to the Fukutoku Shrine, is lined with large, goldfish-designed lanterns on both sides. This path is also known as the Goldfish Lantern Walkway.
For this year, an event called Summer Scroll, with a theme of “flow of water,” will also be held. This is a digital art presentation that will highlight summer and seasonal changes through lights and sounds. Various performances will be held from July 5 to August 18 (first half), and August 19 to September 23 (second half).
Wind chimes in the forest path.
Along the path from Fukutoku Shrine to Fukutoku Garden, you’ll find approximately 200 pieces of Edo-style wind chimes. This path is also known as the Wind Chime Forest Path. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., these wind chimes are lit up to bring color to the summer nights.
Furthermore, every weekend starting July 20 to September 1, the Art Aquarium Summer Festival will be held at the Fukutoku Garden. This event will feature Bon-odori performances from groups all over Japan. Make sure to bring your family or friends, join in the fun, and sway to the music!
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (5 July 2019)