If you’ve been with me for awhile you know that we like to visit aquariums. We’ve been to some great ones and always look forward to them. Today we visited an ‘aquarium’ unlike any we have visited before.
It is called the ‘Art Aquarium’, and it is not new, even though it is in a new location. We watched a drama series on Netflix called ‘Fishbowl Wives‘ in which the Art Aquarium was featured, and then this summer the NHK series Japanology did a program about gold fish, and there it was again.
The new location is on the 8th floor of the Ginza Mitsukoshi department store (the kind of department store where the main floor escalators are flanked by Boucheron and Bulgari boutiques).
The exhibition is an exquisite little jewel, and is all about 金魚(kingyo) – aka gold fish.
Everything about the design was so interesting. Here – columns of small goldfish.
But with lights and mirrors there is suddenly and infinity of goldfish…
In this area the fish are displayed in small shallow tanks. The pedestals are wrapped in beautiful obi fabric.
I’m here just for the beautiful marbles, let alone the pretty fish! Each one is a little work of art.
In addition to light and mirrors for effect the magnification effect of water is used. Those fish are not actually as big as they look. The big glass ball is huge, but the fish are normal goldfish sized. (By the way – that’s my brother Bill, who joined us on our adventure yesterday!)
And there was every type of goldfish that you could imagine. Puffy faced ones.
Goldfish that looked like they had been hammered out of metal.
Same scene, different light, different mood.
And everything was perfect and pristine. All the glass was immaculate. There wasn’t a flake of fish food floating in the water, nor a single poop. All the fish looked healthy. In tanks with lots of bubbles they were feisty and in other bowls and tanks they drifted languidly. We were a bit boggled at the thought of the animal husbandry and cleaning that goes on to make this all so beautiful.