Art aquarium producer Hidetomo Kimura will showcase his latest exhibit titled “Edo Sakura Renaissance & Banquet.” From Mar 7 to 30 at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall.
Art aquariums are artworks fusing spatial design, special effects and the beauty of goldfish. Last summer, the event produced by Kimura at the same venue attracted 500,000 visitors. The upcoming exhibit is themed after “Hanami,” the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, mainly cherry blossoms. The venue will be decorated to look like an estate in Nihonbashi from the Edo period, where Kabuki actors would gather to enjoy the blossoms. Without the use of any real cherry blossoms, Kimura will introduce kimono, glasswork, china and other traditional crafts to produce a new type of hanami experience.
Kimura’s latest art aquarium “Edo Sakurarium” will also be displayed. The piece consists of an Edo Kiriko chandelier (2.5 m in height and 4 m in diameter) made of approx. 1,000 Edo Kiriko glasses (faceted glasses) and Sakurarium, which regards swimming goldfish as falling cherry blossom petals. With state-of-the-art lighting, splendid yet transient cherry blossoms in full bloom will be expressed.
During the event period, a bar will open every day from 7 pm as part of a banquet to enjoy the night view along with drinks. On weekends, special guests will perform live to express Japanese modernity and tradition.
A tea room will also be set-up to introduce the first collaboration between Kyoto sweets store Oimatsu, confectionary store Kamesuehiro and long established tea brand Fukujuen. To enjoy the tea room, the purchase of a premium ticket from Seven-Eleven Ticket is required. Limited to 200 tickets per day.
Edo Sakura Renaissance & Banquet
Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall
Address: Coredo Muromachi 5F, 2-2-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Dates: Mar 7 to 30
Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Admission: general - 1,000 yen