The art aquarium (aka Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium) has been thrilling audiences since opening its doors back in 2011. Perfectly situated in Nihonbashi an area steeped in Japanese tradition especially during the Edo /Meiji era. One can see this in its myriad of displays around the museum.
There are more than 5000 goldfishes in this “living exhibit” that uses projection mapping, LED lights and even music and scents to immerse you in a magical underwater, yet historical atmosphere. The exhibit truly is one for all your senses and allows you to experience all of Japan’s beauty in a relaxing (and cooling!) venue. There is nothing like it during the hot summers of Japan!
This year’s exhibit will feature multiple art exhibits led by producer Hidetomo Kimura and inspired by the “refreshing coolness of Edo goldfish”, which is perfect for these humid summer months in Japan. The venue opens from 11 AM to 7 PM with discounts for elementary and junior high school children (preschool is free). After 7 PM, it transforms into a so-called night museum complete with DJ, and a full bar with cocktails and drinks. This year, the Yamaguchi prefecture’s Dassai brand of sake will be on display for sake lovers. At the time of this article, the event organizers were even planning on having a Geisha show with apprentice geisha from Kyoto to perform traditional dances.
This exhibit has become so popular that now in it’s the 5th year that it has been to Nagano, Japan and even to Milan Italy! Luckily it’s now in our own backyard here in the midst of bustling Tokyo. I was just recently in the area and noticed long queues going out there door! Luckily there’s plenty of shopping available in the Coredo Muromachi area while waiting. Make sure to mark your calendars as the art aquarium will only be in the Nihonbashi area from July 9-September 23, 2015. Don’t miss it!
Entrance fees: At the door: Adult (high school students and above) 1,000yen
Elementary & Junior high school students 800yen / Preschooler free of charge
* For preschoolers, protector adult needs to accompany.