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  • ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium & Night Aquarium 2017

    7 July – 24 September 2017
    Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall

    The “Art Aquarium” produced by a Japanese artist Hidetomo Kimura is a fascinating exhibition that marries art, crafts, design and entertainment. The dazzling show with installations using goldfish in illuminated aquariums has drawn a total of 7.3 million paying visitors over the years. The travelling exhibition is held in two cities, at Nihonbashi in Tokyo and Kyoto in western Japan.

    The Nipponbashi exhibition, marking its eleventh year in 2017, evokes the tradition of admiring goldfish in a fishbowl to get a refreshing sensation in summer, a practice that came in vogue in Edo (pre-modern Tokyo) during the Edo period in the 17th century.

    This year’s installations are presented under the theme of “Ryugu-jo”, the legendary underwater palace in Japanese folktale “Urashima Taro”. Together, some 8,000 goldfish and sea creatures swirl about in tanks of different shapes, sizes and materials.

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2017 (amuzen article)

    ◆ Works of art

    The aquariums include the tanks shaped like rectangular lanterns (“Andonrium”) and shadow-picture lanterns (“Bonborium”). The “Super Oiran” is as impressive as ever, with 3,000 goldfish swirling in 17 aquariums surrounding a large central fishbowl, symbolizing the red light district of Edo. There are also new works that add fantastical colours to the Ryugu Palace.

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2017 (amuzen article)
    The Super Oiran and the Temaririum

    Kutani-ware Goldfish Show (new)
    The fishbowls are made of exquisite Kutani porcelain. The installations allow visitors to observe goldfish from above, as it should be at a real competitive show. From the side, appreciate the colourful goldfish designs painted on the porcelain works.

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2017 (amuzen article)


    The fishbowls are made of Edo-kiriko glassware. The goldfish viewed from different angles always looks beautiful, thanks to the characteristics of the cut-glass technique.

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2017 (amuzen article)

    Four Seasons in the Ryugu Palace (new)
    Images of the underwater palace are projected on the taller aquariums at the rear. Inside, butterfly koi carp, in the image of the legendary princess, swims elegantly. The aquariums in front display coral reefs.

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2017 (amuzen article)

    Tamaterium (new)
    The aquarium in the shape of Tamate-bako, or a treasure chest, is draped with acrylic material, gorgeously gilded with gold leaf from Kanazawa. In the folktale, the young hero, when leaving the palace, received a treasure box from the princess, who told him never to open it…

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2017 (amuzen article)

    Goldfish Hanging Scroll (new)
    The movement of goldfish and projected images merge into one in the aquarium in the form of hanging scroll.

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2017 (amuzen article)

    ◆ Night Aquarium

    In the evening, the glittering place gets transformed into a night lounge with DJs, live music and special shows.

    ◆ Art Aquarium Summer Festival at Fukutoku-no-Mori

    For the first time, the Art Aquarium brings a spin-off event to be held at Fukutoku-no-Mori, an open-space outside the building. On the programme: DJs, Bon-odori dancing and summer festival stalls such as “goldfish scooping” and “yo-yo fishing”.

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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