Aquarium

New 3D aquarium show to let visitors experience a trip to the deep sea in Enoshima

New 3D aquarium show to let visitors experience a trip to the deep sea in Enoshima

Japanese aquariums are a pretty popular destination for families during the summer break in July and August. As a part of Enoshima Aquarium’s 10th anniversary celebration, it is putting on a show called “Night Aquarium” where 3D projection mapping will make it seem like visitors have traveled to the deepest parts of the ocean.

Beginning on July 20, the special show will use the aquarium as a backdrop during the evening and project moving images of sea life around the awestruck sightseers. Although other aquariums have given visitors a rather intimate look at deep-sea creatures, this is the first time an aquarium has use this projection mapping technology and is sure to draw big crowds.

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Goldfish shine in Nihonbashi Art Aquarium

Goldfish shine in Nihonbashi Art Aquarium

Goldfish, with their long tails resembling delicate brushstrokes painted in water, look like tiny works of art on their own. But place them in uniquely shaped vessels and you truly have a beautiful piece. Patrons will be able to experience just that at the ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2014.

The exhibition houses nearly 5,000 goldfish in special art exhibitions that incorporate LED lights, projection mapping, music and scents, allowing patrons to experience “refreshing coolness” and “Japanese beauty” with all five senses.

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Accessorize your aquarium: New sparkly fish tank for kids comes with jewels and plenty of pink

Accessorize your aquarium: New sparkly fish tank for kids comes with jewels and plenty of pink

“Add a lot of cute decorations to the room we’re staying in!” says the blue goldfish with a matching blue tiara. No this isn’t a joke; uncommonly cute anthropomorphic goldfish are just a part of the marketing campaign for a completely customizable fish tank aimed at young children in Japan. With a fancy backdrop and jewels galore, it’s a far ways away from the plastic aquatic plant or bubbling clam shell in typical aquariums.

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Dinner is served! Get your teeth into giant marine isopods – tastes just like chicken!

Dinner is served! Get your teeth into giant marine isopods – tastes just like chicken!

Those right there my friend are fried armored isopods, and they’re just waiting for you to munch down on those crunchy exoskeletons. Heston Blumenthal get on over here, ‘cos this might be just what you need to get your next Michelin star.

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Underwater Santa greets aquarium patrons in Tokyo

Underwater Santa greets aquarium patrons in Tokyo

You might claim that you’ve seen Santa fly through the air on Christmas Eve night, but have you ever seen Santa swim with the fishes? The Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo hosts a special event during the month of December allowing patrons to witness the big man himself feed sharks, sunfish, and a turtle.

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Japanese otter full of personality winning hearts over Twitter

Japanese otter full of personality winning hearts over Twitter

This little otter from Hiroshima is only four months old, but has already enamored Twitter users across Japan with its photogenic human-like expression.

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634 tiny eels in Tokyo aquarium to be broadcasted live online

634 tiny eels in Tokyo aquarium to be broadcasted live online

Care to watch hundreds of wriggling creatures squirming around in an underwater sand pit? Definitely not as cute as the puppy cam, but still pretty cool, 634 spotted garden eels in the Sumida Aquarium at the Tokyo Skytree will be broadcasted live on video streaming site, Nico Nico Douga.

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We go to shake hands with an otter, it’s like that scene in E.T. but way cuter!

We go to shake hands with an otter, it’s like that scene in E.T. but way cuter!

About a week ago we announced the opening of an otter touching experience at Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park, and the response was huge. From Japan and all around the country people’s hearts melted at the sight of those gentle round eyes and long whiskers.

Managing to get a spot in the quickly filling reservations, one of our reported headed down to the Miura Peninsula to get all touchy-feely with a quartet of Asian small-clawed otters.  She came back with this report and a slew of adorable pictures.

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Kyoto Aquarium serving up cute breads…and tadpole soup?

Kyoto Aquarium serving up cute breads…and tadpole soup?

Kyoto may be well-known for its traditional buildings and breathtaking temples, but there’s also a different side to the city; one that’s totally modern and cute! Kyoto Aquarium is giving us a peek into the cute innovations going on in the city with an adorable range of sweet breads, available exclusively from their on-site cafes. This month, they’re paying homage to the frogs of Kyoto and the world with a new exhibit and some very unique additions to the menu.

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Newly Released Sardines Disappear After Two Days in Kobe Aquarium

Newly Released Sardines Disappear After Two Days in Kobe Aquarium

Most people have probably wondered why fish on different levels of the food chain peacefully coexist together in aquariums. Every day, workers do their best to keep the fish well-fed to prevent any wayward snacking, so even though giant sharks slice through the temperature-controlled waters, none of the smaller fish go missing. However, when the sharks revert back to their normal feeding frenzy habits, it can have dramatic results as seen this past week at Kobe’s Suma Aqualife Park.

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What Do You Do When Aquarium Sardines Start Acting Fishy? You Call In The Tuna Squad!

What Do You Do When Aquarium Sardines Start Acting Fishy? You Call In The Tuna Squad!

The Nagoyako Aquarium in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, is experiencing an unusual problem — lazy sardines. That’s right, according to a recent story on Japanese newspaper Asahi’s digital site, the sardines at Nagoyako Aquarium are not behaving as they should, supposedly because “they have it too easy” in the protected environment of their tank. And in order not to disappoint visitors, it looks like the aquarium will have to call in the “tuna squad” to whip the sardines’ act into shape. But what could be causing these errant fish to misbehave? Read More