An urban indoor aquarium
Sumida Aquarium which is located inside Solamachi, the shopping mall for the metropolis’ new point of interest, Tokyo Skytree, utilizes various new approaches from suggestions for a new urban indoor aquarium. From its conversion to a complete artificial sea construction system, it is possible to maintain a fixed level of water quality throughout the year. Also, because of the environmentally-friendly LED lighting, it approaches close to natural light during the day and the lighting can be adjusted during the evening, so that an ideal environment close to nature can be created while indoors. At night, the quietly sleeping penguins can also be observed and you can enjoy the various expressions of the animals until the closing time of 9 p.m.
The world of the ocean divided into 7 zones
Under the theme of “Cradle of Life, A Nurturing Aquatic Environment”, the aquarium is divided into 7 zones. There are small exhibits displaying water plants, jellyfish and coral, etc., displays of life in the waters close to Tokyo Bay, and in the large water tank, the recreated blue waters and fish of the Ogasawara Islands which are protected as a World Heritage site. In Japan’s largest indoor pool water tank, the popular fur seals and penguins can be seen up close.
The displays and projects focused on beauty
There have been raves for the sophisticated displays that resemble those from an art museum. Even with the display of water plants, the design of this “bonsai” waving in the water is superb, and it’s soothing to watch the appearance of small bubbles due to the effect of photosynthesis. The exhibition of jellyfish is wonderful with the Jellyfish Kaleidoscope Tunnel of 5000 mirrors surrounding visitors. What has also gained popularity is the seasonal project mapping reflected on the tanks.