Popular goldfish art exhibition “Art Aquarium 2013” is being held at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo until September 23.

The exhibit is being held for the 3rd time and the theme for this year is: “Edo- Coolness of Goldfish.” Hidetomo Kimura, the producer of the exhibit, is the pioneer of integrating “art” and the “aquarium.” The so called “Art Aquarium” creates a visionary space filled with 5,000 goldfish in changing colors of red, yellow, green, blue and purple.

At a preview held one day prior to the opening, Mr. Kimura commented as follows. “The first time we planned to hold this event, the Tohoku Earthquake happened. There were many concerns as to whether we should continue with the event or not. My opinion was that, perceiving coolness with the eyes, as opposed to using electricity to cool a room, would be acceptable. This type of wisdom was used back in the days of the Edo period. I am glad that the event was not canceled two years ago because, as a result, a total of over 300,000 people visited the event these past two years. This time, I am presenting a number of my latest works.”

For his latest piece titled “Ōoku” (group of women living at Edo Castle), 13 goldfish bowls in different shapes, surround a large fish bowl placed at the center. “Kimonorium,” the sequel and advanced version of Byoburium (aquarium expressing a folding screen), features an aquarium expressing a Kyo Yuzen kimono. Using the technology of projection mapping, goldfish, as if they were printed patterns of a kimono, glide through the water.

【Event Information】
ECO EDO Nihonbashi Diners Club Art Aquarium 2013 –Edo: Coolness of Kingyo-
Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall
Address: Coredo Muromachi 5F, 2-2-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Entrance on 4F)
Exhibited through: July 13th to September 23rd
Opening/closing times: 11:00am to 11:30pm (last entrance 11:00pm)
Admission fee: Adults - 1000 yen
12yrs and under - 600yen
3yrs and under – free of charge