Skip to main content

Fantastical fishy installations at Tokyo show

By Frances Cha, CNN
updated 9:13 AM EDT, Wed July 17, 2013
The third Art Aquarium exhibition kicked off this week in Tokyo. The exhibit uses 5,000 goldfish in 17 installations made up of 70 aquariums. The third Art Aquarium exhibition kicked off this week in Tokyo. The exhibit uses 5,000 goldfish in 17 installations made up of 70 aquariums.
HIDE CAPTION
Japanese Art Aquarium
'Kimonorium'
'Kingyo Collection'
'Giyamanrium'
'The First Lady's Beautiful Memory'
'Elegance Dance'
Gallery: Fantastical fishy installations at Japanese Art Aquarium
Night Aquarium
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Art aquarist Hidetomo Kimura's installations now on display in Tokyo
  • Exhibition uses 5,000 goldfish in 70 aquariums
  • Futuristic show retains traditional Japanese symbols

(CNN) -- Of all the bizarre art niches out there, "goldfish aquarium art" must rank fairly high.

Yet the artist Hidetomo Kimura has built an entire career as an "art aquarist," and his weird and wonderful live installations are now on display again at an exhibition, "Edo -- the coolness of goldfish" (link in Japanese), at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, in Tokyo.

First held in 2011 to mark the centenary of the Nihonbashi Bridge, where the hall is located, the unusual exhibit proved so popular it has been held each year since.

Insider Guide: What to do in Tokyo

This year, Kimura's exhibition uses 5,000 goldfish displayed in 17 installations made of 70 aquariums.

The \'Kingyo Collection\' installation at Art Aquarium.
The 'Kingyo Collection' installation at Art Aquarium.

The tanks are embellished with light displays and futuristic designs but also retain traditional symbols of Japanese culture such as kimonos, folding screens and lanterns.

The exhibition turns into a music lounge in the evenings (called Night Aquarium) and on the weekends.

Art Aquarium (link in Japanese),

Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, Nihonbashi Nihonbashi, Chuoku, Tokyo; +81 3 3270 2550

July 13-September 23, 2013, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; admission ¥1,000 ($10)

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 5:56 AM EST, Tue December 16, 2014
Nonprofit Ethical Traveler has released its annual list of the developing countries doing the most to promote human rights and preserve their environments.
updated 5:36 AM EST, Thu December 11, 2014
These waterfront watering holes have killer ocean views, creative drinks and the mahalo vibe we demand.
updated 3:38 PM EST, Wed December 10, 2014
Can't wait to book your ticket to Indianapolis and Oakland? The venerable guidebook is right there with you
updated 1:25 AM EST, Wed December 10, 2014
By helicopter, snowmobile and big-wheel truck across some of the world's most volatile landscapes.
updated 4:42 PM EST, Tue December 9, 2014
Construction begins on a new Singapore airport complex that could make delays and layovers a pleasure.
updated 9:41 AM EST, Tue December 9, 2014
Inflight chatterboxes are annoying but they're not the worst violators of onboard etiquette, according to an Expedia study.
updated 5:32 PM EST, Mon December 8, 2014
These statues are awe-inspiring even for the strongest of non-believers.
updated 11:59 AM EST, Fri December 5, 2014
The Palace of the Parliament, built by former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
25 years after the death of Romania's communist dictator, tourism is helping heal old wounds.
updated 6:52 AM EST, Fri December 5, 2014
Photo sharing website names the top 10 destinations for geo-tagged snapshots.
updated 5:05 AM EST, Wed December 3, 2014
New York may be a paradise of Zagat-rated, Michelin-starred restaurants, but some of its best food can be found on the streets.
updated 1:01 AM EST, Tue December 2, 2014
Guide Lebo behind the wheel of Chobe Game Lodge's first electric game viewing vehicle, at Chobe National Park in Botswana.
Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana ups the eco stakes with what it claims is world's first battery-powered safari fleet.
updated 8:18 PM EST, Sun November 23, 2014
The interior of the Formosa Boulevard Mass Rapid Transit Station in Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan.
These quirky and beautiful subway stops make standing cheek-to-cheek with 45 strangers almost seem fun.
updated 8:14 AM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
A scene from a desert safari in Dubai
Luxury vintage Land Rover tours explore Bedouin backwaters without bashing up precious dunes.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT