360° Digital Fireworks to Light Up Summer at Maxell Aqua Park in Shinagawa

29.June.2018 | SPOT

Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is inviting summer in with HaNaBi aquarium by NAKED, an event that will run from July 1st to September 9th with lots of fun things to enjoy including fireworks in the aquarium, goldfish catching, festive paper lanterns, music and more.

Dancing Fireworks

Projection mapping will be used to decorate the aquarium entrance with countless stars. Touching the walls that enclose the water tanks offers an interactive experience where fireworks will appear wherever you touch.

Goldfish Fireworks

Fireworks will twinkle above the tanks where the goldfish swim, and colourful paper lanterns dangling from the ceiling will glow, giving a Japanese summer vibe.

Umbrella Fireworks

There will be a cafe and bar covered in beautiful and magical umbrella fireworks that shine in the dark. There will be special drinks available for the event. Upon ordering a drink at the bar, one of three random firework displays will show.

Digital Fireworks & Nighttime Dolphin Performance

The dolphin performance will combine the dynamic sounds of taiko drums and fireworks to evoke that feeling of festivity. Enjoy a collaboration between dolphins and digital fireworks.

July 1 – August 10 @ 7:30pm / 8:30pm

August 11 – August 15 @ 7:00pm / 8:00pm / 9:00pm

August 16 – September 9 @ 7:30pm / 8:30pm

 

The contents of this year’s event have one upped to elevate that Japanese summer festival atmosphere. Enjoy a seat in the 360° stadium to witness a summer experience available nowhere else but at Aqua Park.

Head to Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa to witness the latest in innovative technology and entertainment.

 

■Information

HaNaBi aquarium BY NAKED

Location: Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

Address: Inside Shingawa Prince Hotel, 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato, Tokyo

Running: July 1, 2018 – September 9, 2018

*The opening hours are subject to sudden change without notice. There may also be days where general guests cannot enter due to reservations.

Price: Adults (16+) ¥2,200 / Children (7-15) ¥1,200 / Toddlers (4 and below) ¥700

Official Website: http://www.aqua-park.jp/aqua/index.html

 

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    Summer Special Fireworks: August 10, 2019

    Kyushu Fireworks Competition: September 21, 2019

     

    Location: Huis Ten Bosch

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from JR Huis Ten Bosch Station

     

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    Date: August 3, 2019

    Time: 19:00-20:45

    Location: Under Tanaka Bridge near Fujioka Watarase Sports Park and the riverside

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Ashikaga Station via the JR Ryomo Line

     

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    Date: August 13, 2019

    Time: 19:30-21:00

    Location: 400 meters along the Tokachi Ohashi Bridge in Obihiro, Hokkaido

    Access: 30-minutes on foot from JR Obihiro Station

     

    ▼Kamachi Fireworks Festival Tour (Japanese)

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    For numbers 6-10 on the list check out Hankyu Travel International’s website below.

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    The bar and lounge is a place for adults to sit down, enjoy a drink and listen to music. The idea to have a theme change each day is a way for the bar to expand its services by having more options to choose from when it comes to the music.

    The first week will begin with jazzy music, and there will be disco music on Wednesday and Thursday for which a new standing area has been set up in front of the DJ booth. On Friday night guests can enjoy getting down to some energetic dance music while on the weekends the playlist will span a wide variety of genres.

     

    Enjoy a sophisticated night out in Tokyo at NINE BAR.

  • Come see the new baby seal at Sunshine Aquarium! Aquarium turns to the public for name-choosing!

    13.May.2019 | SPOT

    A mummy and baby Baikal seal can be seen at Sunshine Aquarium, Tokyo from Wednesday 15th May! From the same day, the aquarium will be accepting suggestions for a cute name for the baby seal!

    Three weeks after birth, the baby seal started to lose its white baby fur. Now, its fur is completely ash grey! The baby has been weaned off milk and has started to eat fish, however, it is still craving all the attention! When the staff approach, the baby immediately starts to whine and quickly shuffles towards them. The staff stroke the baby’s belly and after looking up at the staff happily, the baby often falls asleep!

    The baby seal can be visited by the public from Wednesday 15th May and from the same day, the aquarium will start to take name suggestions from the public. The nickname will be announced on Thursday 13th June!

    There is also a chance for you to get your hands on original goods and postcards to celebrate! Please take this opportunity to view these extremely precious Baikal seals and think of a lovely name while you’re at it!

     

    After a month since birth, the baby will grow black fur and become an adult!

  • Enjoy a dolphin show and projection mapping at Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa!

    23.April.2019 | SPOT

    Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa will be running a special event called FLOWER AQUARIUM Directed BY NAKED ーBrand New Sea- from Saturday 27th April ー Sunday 7th July 2019.

     The main attraction of the event is the dolphin performances, which will be even more incredible as a new water fountain is going to be installed at the park. There will be different collaborations running during the day and night, creating an even more spectacular dolphin programme which crosses the boundaries of art!

     

    During the day, there will be a collaboration with female vocal group Little Glee Monster, whose powerful and beautiful vocals and harmonies are worthy of note. The dolphin show will really come alive with the power of their music! The nighttime version features a collaboration with one of Japan’s most creative companies called NAKED Inc., who will also be managing the water tank exhibition areas. Enjoy a show of multicoloured flowers blooming and sunlight glimmering through the trees with the 360-degree projection mapping show. The projection mapping is a fantastic representation of spring, and is further enhanced with the dolphins!

     

    There will also be an exhibition zone dedicated to the water tanks, artwork and colourful projection mapping area. Allow yourself to be completely surrounded by butterflyfish, fluttering like butterflies through the water. Spot the colourful light reflecting off the jellyfish which look like beautiful flowers. Enjoy the relaxing view of a countless number of flowers as the picturesque view of the beginning of summer unfolds.

    You can also grab a bite to eat at the cafe bar, which is serving up an original menu with a FLOWER AQUARIUM theme. Come enjoy a moment to yourself regardless of the weather. The cafe is indoors and is the perfect environment for you to enjoy the refreshing taste of the start of summer!

    Other event contents include a penguin performance and a jellyfish exhibition which also uses projection mapping over a large area! As we’re approaching the holidays, this is your chance to enjoy a magnificent world through the latest technology, so come on down to Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa!

  • Spend 24-Hours With Dolphins at Iki Iruka Park

    06.March.2019 | SPOT

    Iki Iruka Park in Nagasaki Prefecture is undergoing renovation and is set to reopen on April 25 with new facilities and programs.

    Iki Iruka Park first opened in 1995. Located in the city of Iki on the island of Iki, the park enjoys up to 20,000 visitors a year. Its reopening will see a new cafe space open where the park will be open from morning time, something rarely seen on the island of Iki. The cafe menu will include items never before served in Iki such as pancakes from VERY FANCY®―a shop in Tokyo―as well as açaí bowls using local fruits and more. There will also be food served with local produce such as Iki brand beef, seasonal ingredients and so on. In the future the park hopes to be open at dinner time too as well as serve alcohol such as the Iki shochu from the shochu brewery that opened last year.

    The new Iki Iruka Park will make full use of the surrounding natural environment for visitors to come into contact with the dolphins more, swim with them, and experience what it’s like to be a trainer amongst other activities. There will also be a special 1-night stays for 1 person where they get to spend 24 hours with the dolphins.

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