Although by now we’re all sort of feeling like “don’t let the door hit you on the way out, you miserably hot & humid Japanese summer,” some of the various celebrations of goldfish are lingering on in a most delightful way until the end of September. Here they are!
This year’s exhibit was a bit less thrilling than the last time I went, but it was still fantastic, and I bet most of my jadedness was because I wasn’t experiencing it for the first time. If you’re in Tokyo and you’ve never been, GO. And remember that after 7:00 p.m. they have live DJ music and sell alcohol at the bar, so it can also be a rather spiffy “date” event.
July 8 – September 25
11:00 – 23:30
Admission: Adults ¥1000/Children ¥600
GOLDFISH WONDERLAND at the Skytree Sumiagawa Aquarium
I think this event is most enjoyable for parents with small kids, because they offer free craft activities (kids can make their own little goldfish lantern) and many of the aquariums are low enough for kids to enjoy without being lifted up. The exhibit design is a bit ho-hum for adults spoiled by the likes of Art Aquarium, and I thought the ticket price was hella expensive for adults. (Included in the price is access to the rest of the Sumidagawa Aquarium, of course, but it’s kind of small and I think it’s the least interesting one in Tokyo, so still didn’t justify the pricey entry.)
July 1 – September 30
9:00 – 21:00
Admission: Adults ¥2050/High school & college students ¥1500/Primary school students ¥1000/Children ¥600
FIREWORKS AQUARIUM at Shinagawa Aqua Park
Awesome bar is awesome. Watch this. You will not be sorry.
Yes, you can sip your libation while watching your parasol burst with fireworks overhead or examining the tropical fish swimming around under your beer in the table tank below
The same projection mapping artists who delivered the endlessly entertaining Flowers by Naked and Snow Aquarium are back this summer with Fireworks Aquarium, and I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint.
July 7 – September 30
9:00 – 20:00
Admission: Adults ¥2200/Students ¥1200/Children ¥700
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!