LOOK: This Art Aquarium In Tokyo Is A Glow-in-the-Dark Wonderland

The art comes alive. Literally.

Stepping into Tokyo’s Art Aquarium is like stepping into a new world that brings together modern digital art and the beauty and grace of thousands of Japanese goldfish or kingyo. All around are marks of Japanese history and culture, with the kingyo at its center.

How did it start?

The Art Aquarium is the brainchild of Hidetomo Kimura, who originally started as a retail businessman dealing with aquarium fish. He actually established his own company in Manila so he could ship tropical fish across the world. He spent two years in the Philippines before traveling the world for another two. And everywhere he went, he was found that the aquariums he visited lacked creativity. And so he figured, why not do it himself?

In 2007, he held the first art aquarium exhibit, which would eventually become an annual summer tradition in the district of Nihonbashi. Millions of visitors flock to the business district just to see the exhibition, and it even made its way to cities across the world.


What can you see in the Art Aquarium?

Now, thirteen years later in the place where it all started, Hidetomo Kimura is opening the first permanent Art Aquarium exhibition. The 2321-square meter area is about three times bigger than previous years’ exhibitions and will house 30,000 goldfish that will be placed in various artworks inspired by elements of Japanese history and culture. Light and darkness play a huge part in the experience, creating a glow-in-the-dark feel and highlighting the kingyo and the aquariums.

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【アートアクアリウム美術館】 夏の風物詩として期間限定のイベントだったアートアクアリウムが、「生命の宿る美術館」をコンセプトにした常設の「アートアクアリウム美術館」として、この夏、東京・日本橋に開館します! 水や金魚、光を巧みに使い、世界中で「ジャポニズム」を表現してきた展示は、今回、美術館開催となったことでさらにパワーアップ。会場の大きさは過去の日本橋開催時の約3倍で、アートアクアリウム史上最大の30,000匹を超える金魚を展示するなど、これまでとは違った迫力の展示が楽しめるんです。エンターテインメントの価値観が変わる今だからこそ、実際に訪れないと味わえない「リアルならではのアート」を徹底して追求したそう。日本の伝統文化と最新のテクノロジーを組み合わせた様々な展示は、コロナ禍で少し小さくなっていた世界を、再び広げてくれそうです。 . 詳しくはこちらをチェック ▶ @artaquarium_official . その他Harumari TOKYOおすすめのトピックスはこちら ▶ #harumari_life . #harumaritokyo #artaquariummuseum #artaquarium #アートアクアリウム美術館 #アートアクアリウム #金魚 #金魚水槽 #日本橋 #幻想的 #神秘的

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Where is it located?

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アートアクアリウム美術館 . 14年目を迎える今年8月 東京日本橋に2階建ての 専用施設にて常設オープン . 従来の日本橋会場と比べ3倍の広さ 過去最大の大型展示へ . . 【住所】 東京都中央区日本橋本町1丁目3 . 【アクセス】 ◼︎東京メトロ 銀座線/半蔵門線 「三越前駅」A1出口徒歩2分 ◼︎JR総武線快速/横須賀線 「新日本橋駅」5出口徒歩5分 ◼︎東京メトロ 銀座線/東西線、都営浅草線 「日本橋駅」D4出口 徒歩7分 . . #artaquariummuseum#artaquarium#tokyo#nihonbashi#japanese#japonism#japanart#contemporaryart #goldfish#goldfishofinstagram#goldfishlove#goldfishworld#アートアクアリウム美術館#アートアクアリウム#東京#日本橋#東京観光#東京おでかけ

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The Art Aquarium is set to open on August 2020. While travel to Japan from the Philippines is not yet possible, you can still plan your future itinerary once restrictions are lifted. To visit this unique aquarium, you can find it at 1-3 Nihonbashi-honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0023. For more details, you can visit their official website.


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Meryl Medel

While the written word would always be her first love, Meryl also finds joy in movies, museums, music, and making her way around the world. When she's not writing or daydreaming about the sea, you can find her either sleeping all day or not at all.