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The Last Art Aquarium

Art Aquarium, I’m going to miss you! <sob!>

Yes, this is the last year they’re going to produce this eye-popping cross between goldfish and SFX, and they’re making up for the last few lackluster seasons by putting on the equivalent of a fireworks grand finale!

Even though they’re once again recycling the fish-filled art pieces from the past few years…
…they’re freshened everything up with new colors and arrangements…
…so it feels way more festive

And they added one installation that put a crink in my neck, because I stared up at it for so long: Goldfish Ceiling!

Each panel of this coffered ceiling showcased a different exotic breed of fish…
…and the mirrored design multiplied each fish, so it looked like there were schools of them languidly waving their fins overhead
Other unusual varieties are displayed like fine jewels in refreshed settings…
…and a few pieces I hadn’t seen before added sparkle…
…and entertaining fun-house illusions
Old favorites are lit in theatrical new ways…
…with different fish inside than before
As always, it’s hard to decide which ever-changing color combo is my favorite…
…but if you go, you won’t have to choose, because you can just stand there as long as you like, mesmerized by the glow
The final installation is a live goldfish “kimono”
And for those who only post weird art to their Instas, they’ve got your six with this neon goldfish bathtub WAT

Dates: August 6 – September 23 (2019)

Hours: 11:00 – 22:30

Admission: Adults: ¥1000, Children: ¥600*


You can buy tickets online or get them at the door – sometimes there’s a line (especially in the last few days before it closes) but usually you can just buy a ticket at the reception desk and walk right in.

* There are a few nights when admission is higher because of the entertainment. Check the “Night Aquarium” special events calendar for details

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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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!

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