Must-Visit Spots in Kagawa Prefecture in 2020: Cherry Blossoms, Dolphins, Bonsai & More

15.March.2020 | SPOT

Appreciation for the Seto Inland Sea in Japan is on the rise: American company Discovery named Shikoku one of its Top 10 must-visit rising locations around the world for 2020, and the city of Setouchi in Okayama has featured as a recommended travel destination in Western media. One particular location, Kagawa Prefecture, has been featured on many international travel sites as a must-visit place, including on Booking.com, Skyscanner, and REMOTE LANDS, with places such as Takamatsu, Teshima, and Shōdo Island being picked up.

 

Takamatsu is known as the doorstep that brings together the many islands of Seto Inland Sea. It’s a port city with great fresh food, highly convenient for travellers wanting to visit lots of different islands, and a popular region that brings together elements of Japanese culture.

 

Today, we take a look at some must-visit locations around Takamatsu, including a new facility opening, must-visit spots for spring to early summer, food, and more.

 

Shikoku Aquarium – The largest aquarium in Shikoku

Shikoku Aquarium is set to be the largest across Shikoku when it opens its doors to the public on March 20, 2020. It’s located inside Utazu Seaside Park in the town of Utazu where it will exhibit the creatures that live in Shikoku and feature the many different seaside landscapes located there. But the aquarium won’t just stop at showcasing animals, it will also be a cultural facility where you can learn about the history, culture, and natural environment of Shikoku, and there’ll be artwork perfect for the Setouchi Triennale contemporary art festival which is held around Seto Inland Sea every three years.

 

Shikoku Aquarium

Address: Utazu Rinkaikoen, 4-1 Utazu, Ayauta District, Kagawa

Opening Hours:

[March 20, 2020 – September 30, 2020] 9:00-18:00

[October 1, 2020 – March 19, 2021] 10:00-18:00

[Golden Week/Summer Break] 9:00-21:00

No Fixed Holidays

Price: General (16+ Years & High School Students) ¥2,200 / Children (Elementary School Students) ¥1,200 / Toddlers (3+ Years) ¥60

Official Website: http://shikoku-aquarium.jp/

 

Well-Known & Little-Known-Good Cherry Blossom Spots

Kagawa Prefecture is home to many spots that offer beautiful sounds and sights throughout the four seasons. Cherry blossom season is right around the corner in Japan, so let’s take a look at some must-visit spots, both popular and little-known good ones.

 

■Well-Known Spots

Ritsurin Garden (Takamatsu)

One of the most famous historical gardens in Japan, Ritsurin Garden is home to around 320 Yoshino cherry trees, whose pink colour reflects beautifully off the lake together with the 1,000 green pine trees.

 

Marugame Castle (Marugame)

Marugame Castle is one of only 12 castle in Japan to have an original wooden tenshu, or castle tower, built. From the great height of the castle’s stone wall, which is the tallest in Japan, one can gaze down at 1,000 cherry blossom trees in bloom.

■Little-Known-Good Spots

Megijima (Takamatsu)

Around 3,000 cherry trees bloom on t he island, including Yoshino cherries, yama-zakura, and yae-zakura, which roll from the port to the lighthouse.

 

Asahiyama Forest Park (Mitoyo)

Asahiyama Forest Park is located on the peak of Mt. Asahi, up 238 meters high. There, you can witness 2,000 vibrant cherry blossom trees bloom in spring, including Yoshino cherries. The park’s observation deck is popular too, offering a 360° panoramic view.

 

Experience the world of bonsai in Kagawa, the only place in Japan which produces pine bonsai trees

Interest in bonsai trees continues to grow every year not just in Japan but overseas too. The number of people incorporating them into their lives as interior decoration is on the rise. Kagawa Prefecture is the only place in Japan which produces pine bonsai trees, the largest places being Kinashi and Kokubunji in Takamatsu. There are around 60 bonsai makers in both of these towns, so you are sure to spot some if you walk through them.

 

Official Website: https://takamatsu-bonsai.com/en/

 

The new Takamatsu Bonsai no Sato is also set to open on April 17, which will include an information centre providing information on bonsai culture in Takamatsu, and there will be workshops too. Whether you’re new to bonsai or a pro, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Takamatsu Bonsai no Sato

Grand Opening: April 17, 2020

Address: 353-1 Kokubunjichō Kokubu, Takamatsu, Kagawa

 

 

Travel to Kagawa this spring to enjoy the cherry blossoms and pay a visit to the new Shikoku Aquarium.

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  • Japanese Spring Cherry Blossom Desserts and Food Bloom Pink at Tokyo Solamachi This March

    25.February.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Spring is arriving early at Tokyo Solamachi where shops and restaurants will be serving up their own cherry blossom themed desserts and dishes from March 1.

     

    The Line-Up: A Delectable Excerpt

     

    Vibrant Cherry Blossom Desserts Welcome Spring

    Hanami Soft | ¥800

    Where: Gion Tsujiri (East Yard Floor 6F)

    Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021

     

    Feel the warm breeze of Japanese hanami with a parfait serving of cherry blossom bavarian cream and jelly, Uji match soft serve ice cream, cherry blossom chocolate, white flour dango dumplings, high quality red bean paste, wafer, and other little assorted treats.

    Sakura Mochi Flavoured Spring Pancakes | ¥935

    Where: Coconoha (West Yard Floor 4F)

    Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021

     

    Coconoha’s popular fluffy pancakes topped livingly with cherry blossom ice cream, chewy white flour dumplings, and sweet red bean paste.

     

    Takeout Cherry Blossom Food

    Sakura Sushi | Takeout ¥2,138, Eat-In ¥2,178

    Where: Kirby Cafe Tokyo (East Yard 4F)

    Serving: From March 19, 2021

     

    A picnic serving of six springtime sushi rolls decorated with Kirby references which comes in a cute lunchbox.

     

    Cherry Blossom Lassi | ¥520

    Where: AMARI DELI (West Yard Floor 2F)

    Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021

     

    A cherry blossom lassi in full bloom with fluffy whipped cream and finished with sprinkles of pink-coloured chocolate.

     

    Cute Spring Cherry Blossom Snacks

    Financier Sandwich Box – Sakura & Matcha | ¥1,500 (Contains 4)

    Where: Afternoon Tea Room (East Yard Floor 3F)

    Serving: February 25, 2021 – April 21, 2021

     

    An assortment of two financier cakes: the Sakura Financier Sandwich which is cherry blossom flavoured and filled with white chocolate, roasted walnuts, and strawberry flakes, and the Matcha Financier Sandwich which is filled with milk chocolate, roasted walnuts, and pistachio. Available while supplies last.

     

    Restaurant Menus Beckon Hanami

    Spring Roast Beef Nigiri & Cherry Blossom Dashi Kishimen Noodles | ¥1,380

    Where: Sugimoto (East Yard Floor 6F)

    Serving: March 1, 2021 – April 11, 2021

     

    Roast beef sushi rolls made with Nagoya Owari beef and served with slightly-salted flat kishimen noodles served in a cherry blossom flavoured broth. Limited to 10 servings per day.

     

    This is just a sampled look at what’s to come at Tokyo Solamachi this spring – if you’re in Tokyo for the cherry blossom season, be sure to visit!

  • New Limited-Edition Sakura Cherry Blossom Beauty Face Masks Released by LuLuLun

    04.February.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese face mask and beauty brand LuLuLun released its new limited-edition cherry blossom scented face masks on Monday (February 1) to welcome in the Spring 2021 season early.

    Spring 2021 Premium LuLuLun (Cherry Blossom Scent) | ¥1,600

     

    Combined with springtime’s beauty ingredient

    Spring is the season when flare ups can happen and we need to be careful of UV light, humidity, and pollen. LuLuLun’s products pride themselves on their moisturising properties, and their new cherry blossom face masks are no exception. They are combined with cherry blossom petal extract, lending a fragrant scent while leaving the skin smooth and beautiful.

     

    Rape blossom oil for even smoother skin


    The rape blossom is another of Japan’s popular flowers as they blossom and transform fields into rolling carpets of bright yellow. The face masks contain oil extracted from rape blossom seeds for an extra blanketing of smooth skin.

     

    Coltsfoot extract equals healthy texture


    Also in the ingredient list is extract from the coltsfoot flower, a strong plant that is able to withstand winters to make it into the spring where it can finally reveal its delicate form. It serves to create a healthy complexion on the skin.

  • Wrap Yourself in Japanese Cherry Blossoms With This Home Fragrance, Bath, and Body Series

    30.January.2021 | FASHION

    Global Product Planning has released its new “Sakura” cherry blossom series of home fragrance, bath, and body products. The collection comes in response to this year’s cherry blossom festivals and celebrations in Japan which are looking to be difficult as a result of COVID-19, so people can enjoy the floral scent from the comfort of their homes.

     

    Home Fragrances

    Sakura CA Flower Reed Diffuser ¥1,800 | Sakura CA Linen Water ¥1,200 | Sakura CA Fragrance Card ¥300 | Sakura CA Fragrance Beads ¥600 (Prices Before Tax)

     

    Hand Care Items

    Sakura CA Hand Cream ¥500 | Sakura CA Mini Hand Soap ¥360 | Sakura CA Hand Soap ¥500 | Sakura CA Jewel Soap ¥300 (Prices Before Tax)

     

    Bath Items

    Sakura CA Bath Powder ¥200 | Sakura CA Bath Salts | Sakura CA Bath Confetti ¥300 | Sakura CA Bath Bombs ¥300 (Prices Before Tax)

     

    Bath Gifts

    Sakura CA Thanks Mini Gift ¥400 | Sakura CA Mini Bath Gift ¥450 | Sakura CA Bath Set (Box) ¥600 | Sakura CA Bath Set (Bag) ¥1,000 | Sakura CA Bath Set (Oval) ¥1,200 (Prices Before Tax)

    Cover your bedroom, bathroom, and body in all things cherry blossom with this special new collection.

  • This Japanese Cherry Blossom Lipstick Stays On Even When Wearing a Face Mask

    27.January.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese cosmetics brand Para Do launched a campaign via Twitter on Thursday (January 21) for people to win a limited-edition glittery cherry blossom edition of their Sakura Veil Lip lipstick.

    Shiawase Sakura Set

    Para Do’s Sakura Veil Lip is known for staying on the wearer’s lips even when they wear a face mask. 150 Twitter users in Japan have a chance to win a special limited-edition variant of the popular product along with a cherry blossom face mask as part of the set. The masks are available in 4 designs.

    Para Do Sakura Veil Lip PK04 Shiawase Kirameku Cherry Blossom Colour | ¥770 (Tax Included)

    The lipstick arrives in a glittery pink. It’s mixed with a whole range of beauty liquids and contains only a little colour to ensure lips are kept moist. It also makes sure lips don’t dry out while wearing a mask, and there is no colour transference from the lips onto the mask, making it perfect for the winter and spring seasons.

     

    Shiawase Kirameku Lipstick Campaign
    Running: January 21, 2021 – February 21, 2021

    Prize: Shiawase Sakura Set (Contains the Para DO Sakura Veil Lip PK04 Shiawase Kirameku Cherry Blossom Colour and Sakura Face Mask)
    Winners: 150
    How to Participate:
    1.Follow @ParaDo_ on Twitter
    2. Write your wish related to one of the themes #幸の縁 (happiness) #運の縁 (fortune) #結の縁 (relationships) #美の縁 (beauty) in Japanese along with the hashtag #桜お守りリップ. Full details can be found on the official website.

    Sakura Prayers

    Ninna-ji Temple is a World Heritage Site in Kyoto famous for its cherry blossoms. A special event is being held there for the lipstick to pray for happiness happiness.

    Shiawase Sakura – Prayers for luck

    The base of the lipsticks are printed with one of four different prayers: one of happiness, one for luck, one for relationships, and one for beauty. The designs are random so you can look forward to seeing which you get.

  • Tokyo’s Art Aquarium Museum in Nihonbashi Announces Christmas Event

    29.November.2020 | SPOT

    Having only held annual summertime events up to now, Art Aquarium Museum in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, is celebrating Christmas for the first time this year with a series of holiday season festivities.

     

    The Aquarium’s first Christmas tree

    Art Aquarium Museum will display its very first Christmas tree for the event indoors near the entrance. The tree artwork was created by Hidemoto Kimura using 550 colourful crystals that have been made to look like goldfish. Made from venetian glass, he had them shipped himself from Italy. They are strung in 10 different colours which glow and glisten to create a romantic atmosphere.

     

    Artwork Name: Natale di Pesce D’oro
    Running: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
    Location: Art Aquarium Museum entrance

     

    Pair tickets for Christmas with alcohol


    Pair Ticket (2 People) + 2 Drinks | ¥4,600 (Tax Included)

    Those arriving in twos can buy Pair Tickets which come with two alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages so you can plunge into the magical underwater world of the aquarium while enjoying a drink.

     

    Buy Tickets: https://ticket.artaquarium.jp/en/
    Running: November 24, 2020 – December 27, 2020
    Validity Period: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
    Drinks Menu:

    [Alcohol] COEDO Beer / Marihana / Louis Raison Rouge Délice

    [Non-Alcoholic] Sanpellegrino Pompelmo / Grapefruit

     

    Christmas menu served up in the lounge and cafe

    2-Person Hors d’oeuvre With 2 Drinks | Online Booking ¥4,200, Same-Day ¥5,000 (Tax Included) | Serving: December 18, 2020 – December 25, 2020

    The aquarium’s lounge restaurant is serving an hors d’oeuvre for pairs of Japanese and western food together with two drinks.

    2-Person Christmas Sweets Plate With 2 Drinks | Online Booking ¥3,300, Same-Day ¥3,850 (Tax Included) | Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020

    The cafe is serving up plate of assorted desserts, perfect for a post-aquarium date.

    Christmas Special Cocktail | ¥2,200 (Tax Included) | Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020

    Both the restaurant and cafe are also serving a seasonal cocktail of chocolate, strawberries, cranberries, and champagne jelly for a sweet and refreshing mix.

  • Tokyo’s Fate/Grand Order 2021 Event to Take Place at Ikebukuro Sunshine 60

    21.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To promote the upcoming anime film adaptation of mobile RPG Fate/Grand Order‘s popular episode “6th Singularity: Camelot,” an event will take place at SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck and Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from December 4, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

     

    New artwork displayed for the event

    A collection of new artwork has been drawn specially for the event. Fans will find life-sized cut-outs of Bedivere, Mashu Kyrielite, Lion King, Gawain, and Lancelot at the observation deck and Ozymandias, Nitocris, and Arash at the aquarium. There will also be voiced panels at the observation deck with newly-recorded lines by Mamoru Miyano (Bedivere) and Takehito Koyasu (Ozymandias). Different voice recordings will be rolled out throughout the duration of the event. This info can be found by following the venue on Twitter @skycircus60.

     

    Anime photos and signed exhibits

    The observation deck will also feature photos taken from scenes in the anime series as well as exhibits signed by the character voice actors.

     

    Original Merchandise

    Stickers

    Pins

    Both the observation deck and aquarium will sell their own original merchandise, so fans will want to visit both venues.

     

    Keyword Rally

    Keyword Rally answer sheet

    Both venues will host a keyword rally where fans will have to fill out their answers of the correct words on the sheets in Japanese. Clearing each one will get them an original card with five different designs from the observation deck and three from the aquarium.

     

    Answer sheets can be bought for ¥600 each from the 60th floor ticket counter at the observation deck and next to the annual passport counter at the aquarium.

     

    Tully’s Coffee Collaboration

    Tully’s Coffee coasters

    Both venues have their own branches of Tully’s Coffee, a cafe chain. For every ¥800 spent on a transaction you will receive one of eight possible coasters chosen randomly.展

     

    Movie ticket campaign

    If you go to see the upcoming Fate/Grand Order movie in Japan and show your movie ticket at either the observation deck or aquarium you can get 20% off your entry to the event.劇

     

    More original merchandise

    Starting on December 4, the observation deck will begin selling merchandise tickets in addition to regular entry tickets which include both admission and a piece of merchandise.

     

    ©TYPE-MOON / FGO6 ANIME PROJECT

  • Jellyfish and the Moon and Stars Come Together at Tokyo’s Sumida Aquarium

    09.November.2020 | SPOT

    Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo has announced a special winter event called “Moon & Jellyfish” which will run from November 20, 2020 to February 14, 2020, creating a spectacle that weaves a story of moon jellies in the twinkling night sky.

     

    Moon & Jellyfish will be the first event to take place inside Big Petri Dish, a giant seven-metre tank that opened at Sumida Aquarium in July of this year and houses around 500 jellyfish. The tank’s flat appearance allows visitors to look out across the water to see what looks like a sea of floating Moons.

    For the event, special visual imagery will be shone onto the ceiling, walls, and floor to weave together a story. On the ceiling, visuals will show a moon jelly growing, like a waxing moon, into a full adult jellyfish. On the walls and floor, ephyra, which are one of the early stages of a jellyfish’s lifecycle, will be displayed. They are star-shaped and so will look like stars of the night sky next to the moon jellies.

    On Fridays and weekends this December, Sumida Aquarium is also hosting a projection mapping event called Penguin Candy where the penguin pool will be lit with Christmas illuminations to the sound of festive music.

    Visitors to the Penguin Cafe will also find a limited-edition winter hot cocoa inspired by the Moon & Jellyfish event, with the tapioca pearls as the jellyfish, a moon marshmallow, and blue mint whipped cream.

  • Review | ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM: A Magical Place Swimming With Life

    07.October.2020 | FEATURES / SPOT

    ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM officially opened permanently in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, on August 28, 2020. Before that, it was simply an exhibition that was held around Tokyo which brought together over 10 million visitors throughout its run, exhibiting goldfish in a variety of breathtaking ways.

     

    We visited ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM together with Japanese model Yuna Yabe to take a deeper dive into what lies within those doors.

    ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM can be found in Nihonbashi, an area of which served as one of many places where ART AQUARIUM previously held its exhibitions. Nihonbashi is steeped in tradition and is actually the place where Japan’s goldfish culture spawned from during the Edo Period.

     

    ART AQUARIUM was conceived and is managed by Hidetomo Kimura, an author and general producer. It’s a collaboration between art, design, and entertainment, all fused into an aquarium to create a completely unique experience. The museum has taken what was once a pop-up exhibition and expanded it many-fold, housing close around 30,000 goldfish.


    The aquarium is divided into different areas each with its own unique theme that plunges visitors into a multitude of fantastical worlds. One of the must-sees when visiting ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM is the masterful Oiran works—giant goldfish bowls as pictured above—which are inspired by the red light district of the Edo Period.

    Perhaps the most striking and gorgeous part of the Edo Period was Hanamachi, the districts where geisha worked. The high-ranking courtesans, known as Oiran, engaged in what was known as the Oiran Dochu, or procession of the courtesans, and this too has been captured at the museum in the designs of the beautiful fish tanks in this area.

    Another unmissable part when visiting the aquarium are the Goldfish Shrines, towering fish tanks lined up like a column of water trees which make for an incredible viewing experience.

    The lighting and music is ever-changing, and so transports visitors into a completely different realm every time. It can be one way one moment, and in the next instant it changes entirely.

    From the second floor you can overlook the fish shrines with dynamic 3D visuals in the background. These visuals change depending on the season, so you’ll be in for a treat however many times you visit.

    There are countless works of goldfish art scattered throughout the aquarium—too many to count, so your eyes will never grow tired.

    Suigian Lounge – Old Pine Tree Area

    ART AQUARMIUM MUSEUM even has its own dining lounge where guests can enjoy a meal while gazing at a painting of old pine trees, a cultural property of the Edo Period said to have been painted by those of the Kano school of Japanese painting. Traditional performances are also carried out on the stage for diners.

    These drinks are ¥1,200 each (before tax)

    Every five days, a new line-up of cocktails is served at Suigian Lounge. Japan used to be divided into 24 sekki rather than the now-used four seasons of springs, summer, autumn, and winter. These were further divided into 72 , which are five days apart each. That’s where the lounge gets its idea for changing its cocktails every five days. So you’re sure to find an interesting flavour on every visit.

    Kagyo Ryoran – Joy Area 

    Kagyo Ryoran is a separate cafe lounge at the aquarium where they serve authentic Japanese sweets in collaboration with famous confectionery shops.

    From Left Clockwise: Goldfish Sarasa ¥750 / Palet D’or Cacao Soda ¥900 / Echire Butter & Cream Castella ¥800 / lohasbeans coffee Matcha Tiramisu ¥850 / Goldfish Jelly ¥750 (All Before Tax)

    The cafe serves up range of tasty Japanese desserts, from traditional ones to others inspired by goldfish and some made in collaboration with other shops.

    Large Plush Toys: ¥3,200 Each (Before Tax)

    The aquarium event sells its own souvenirs, such as goldfish plushies in various sizes, original confections, collaborative products, and more.

    “Everything was magical—the goldfish, the sounds, the lights, the atmosphere!” explains Yuna. “They have a lot of different varieties of goldfish, and the fish tanks come in all shapes and sizes, which makes for plenty of Instagram-worthy moments. And since it’s inspired by Edo culture, it has a Japanese vibe to it too. The fish are always swimming around, so no two moments are ever the same, meaning you’re offered something fresh every time you visit.”

     

    If you’re visiting Tokyo, be sure to pay a visit to ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM.

  • World Heritage Site Nijo Castle to Welcome Gorgeous Goldfish Art Exhibition

    10.September.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Kyoto City and Art Aquarium are set to host Art Aquarium Castle -Kyoto・Kingyo Dance- this year at the World Heritage Site of Nijo Castle from October 14 to December 7.

    Art Aquarium is an art, design, and entertainment fusion created by aquarium artist Hidetomo Kimura, who opened the first ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM in Nihonbashi, Tokyo back in August.

    Art Aquarium Castle -Kyoto・Kingyo Dance- will be the first outdoor exhibition by Art Aquarium, vividly portraying the Japanese world of goldfish and carps through traditional Kyoto-inspired works.

     

    Exhibition Concept

    Nijo Castle has a rich history. Constructed by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the early days of the Edo Bakufu, it is a striking symbol of the Edo Period. It will play as the stage for the exhibition, which will be themed on goldfish—which first arrived in Japan in the Muromachi Period and became a boom during the Edo Period—and carp, which were propagated to Japan in the Edo Period.

     

    Displayed artwork will be inspired by the castle’s Ninomaru Palace and sliding door artwork, the season flowers that bloom in the Ninomaru Palace Gardens and castle grounds, and more. It will be a marriage of both historical art and contemporary art that captures the beauty of Japan.

     

    Lotusrium: Its first exhibit in western Japan

    The design motif based on the lotus, a flower whose name is a seasonal haiku word for summer. Lotus plants require thick, muddy water in order to make the large, beautiful flowers bloom, despite the hardship and difficulty they must overcome to do so. This art piece imbibes a worldview of grace and splendour that interweaves the lotus, a symbol of beautiful and painfully ephemeral things, with the kingyo, an elegant fish that swims beautifully.

     

    Sakurarium: A flower symbolising Nijo Castle

    Combined with the cherry blossom shape of compound works. Swimming freely under the shining of the cherry blossoms, those are goldfish bearing “Sakura” such as Sakura Nishiki, Sakura To Nishiki and Sakura Ryukin,

     

    Taisei Hokan Kingyo Large Byobu: A large-scale piece capturing Nijo Castle’s history

    The huge fish tank with a length of 5.4 meters and an expansion of 18 screens projected beautiful paintings like splash-ink art through light and shadow. Countless goldfish swim among them, interpreting the changing process of Japanese art history in the scattered lights.

     

    Even more new artworks are scheduled to be displayed. If you’re in Kyoto this autumn, don’t miss Art Aquarium’s first-ever outdoor exhibition.

  • Learn About Animal Sex Habits at Sunshine Aquarium’s Exhibition in Tokyo

    16.August.2020 | SPOT

    Following the success of last year’s event, Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is bringing back its animal reproduction-themed exhibition this year which will run in the evenings at the aquarium from September 12 to November 5.


    The exhibition looks at the reproductive habits of various animals from different angles using informative explanation boards with cute illustrations amongst other things which enable visitors to learn things they probably didn’t know about this topic. During the run of the evening exhibition, all of the fish tanks and lighting throughout the aquarium will be turned pink, lending a more mature adult fun vibe to the event.

    All visitors will be given a free lucky bag which has even more secret stuff inside than last year, as well as a ‘fitting’ prop for taking photos at the exhibition.

     

    See

    ♡Sex Explanation Panels

    The regular daytime panels which have captions explaining each animal will be replaced in the evenings with different explanations regarding their reproductive habits. Visitors can scan the QR codes on the panels to see cute illustrations of the animals along with descriptions.

     

    ♡Videos

    Videos will be placed on screens located around five places in the aquarium showing the moment of different animals’ copulation, something which you normally can’t see when visiting the aquarium on a normal day.

     

    ♡Illuminations

    The aquarium will be dyed a cute pink, including the outdoor rooftop area Marine Garden and the magical new jellyfish area that opened earlier this summer.

     

    Hear

    ♡Background Music

    An original score of background music will sound throughout the aquarium to set the evening mood, lending an atmosphere that is different from that during the daytime. You might even hear different animal sounds in the music.

     

    Touch

    ♡The “Tsun Tsun” Poking Wall

    Visitors can learn about the genitalia of different animals at the exhibition, both by reading the panels or by poking the “Poking Wall” to understand the firmness of the genitals.

     

    Smell

    ♡The “Kun Kun” Smelling Wall

    Step on the pedal and you’ll be able to smell what the animals smell like, as well as the scents they give off to attract partners.

     

    Taste

    ♡A drink filled with love

    Sold at Aqua Pocket | ¥300 (Tax Included)

    An original energy drink made by Sunshine Aquarium.

     

    More sexy content online

    Those unable to visit the aquarium can enjoy the variety of online content related to the exhibition.

     

    ♡Digital Lucky Bag (Fee Charged)

    Check out a variety of informative videos and photos related to animal copulation and more, including content featured in the first exhibition.

     

    ♡Online Talk (Fee Charged)

    An online talk will be held by the aquarium staff, and participants can take a quiz related to animal reproduction too. More information can be found here (Japanese).

  • Kyoto Aquarium Begins Special Opening Service For After 3 o’clock

    02.August.2020 | SPOT

    Kyoto Aquarium is now holding a special “off-peak” opening service after 3:00pm where visitors can receive free novelties amongst other things. The service began on July 23 and will run until September 30 this year.

    The service comes as a measure against the spread of COVID-19. Normally, the aquarium can become crowded during the day, and to spread the number of visitors out, they are offering a special service for those visiting after 3:00pm. This means that visitors can enjoy the aquarium at a more relaxed pace and take their time.

    But that’s not all. On days when the aquarium closes at 6:00pm, visitors will receive a free original Kyoto Aquarium seal made to promote the new jellyfish exhibition area which opened on July 16, 2020. And on days when it closes at 8:00pm, visitors will not only receive a free folder, but can get a serving of the aquarium’s mini soft serve ice cream at three times the amount as usual, or  a free mini drink.

  • Tokyo’s Sumida Aquarium Begins Summer Evening ‘Penguin Firework’ Projection Mapping Event

    28.July.2020 | SPOT

    Sumida Aquarium began its new “Penguin Firework” projection mapping show on July 23 which is set to run on weekends and public holidays up to August 30.

     

    Due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, summer firework festivals up and down Japan have had to be cancelled. Sumida Aquarium conceived the idea of this event in response to this, since fireworks are a summer pastime in Japan.

    Penguin Fireworks is an 8-minute show that uses projection mapping around the aquarium’s penguin pool to create kaleidoscopic firework patterns. Together with an original music score and the sound effects of fireworks, visitors are pulled into a magical performance as the penguins swim and dance around the lights.

     

    Enjoy Japan’s summer fireworks this year at Sumida Aquarium.

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