Art Aquarium – Osaka Events
For it’s 10th Anniversary Festival, Art Aquarium, the creation of artist Hidetomo Kimura, has seen the Dojima River Forum event space transformed into a spectacular kaleidoscopic rainbow-colored goldfish universe. At night the space undergoes a further shift, and becomes a full blown night club complete with live DJ sets, light shows and a stocked bar (Night Aquarium).
The exhibition is spread over two main rooms displaying a variety of tanks connected by a smaller fish-lined corridor. The space is kept dark in order to really showcase the fishy focal points, I’ve honestly never seen such vibrant fish! The optical illusion created by the brilliantly designed lighting concept and uniquely shaped tanks make some of the fish give off a spacey neon glow.
Overall the exhibition is perfectly balanced, with visuals and acoustics impeccably harmonized, art lovers, fish lovers, children and adults alike will surely be captivated. As the space lends itself very well to great picture taking, with what that means for social media it comes as no surprise that there has been a big increase in the amount of visitors since it first opened.
Don’t let that deter you, but if you’re after a more relaxing experience I recommend going midday on a weekday if you can. If you can only make it on a weekend do expect to encounter a bit of a crowd but don’t worry too much, it really doesn’t detract much from the overall visually stimulating experience. The event runs from July 6th to September 5th so make sure you catch it (pun included).
1-1-17 Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka
July 6th through September 5th
Monday – Friday & Sundays, 11am – 9pm (last entrance 8:30pm)
Saturdays, July 17th, August 11th – 14th, 11am – 11pm (last entrance 10:30pm)
Art Aquarium 11am – 5pm / Night Aquarium 5pm – close
There will be a live DJ set during Night Aquarium (after 7:30pm) every Saturday, July 17th (Sun), August 11th (Thu), and August 12th (Fri). The Night Aquarium event outline will be released online here.
Adults: ¥1,000 (Junior high school students and above)
Children: ¥600 (ages 4 and up)
3 years old and under: Free
*Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.
Good To Know
Photos are permitted within the event but visitors are asked to refrain from using flash, tripods, monopods, selfie-sticks, and filming.
After 5pm, drinks are available for purchase inside the event space.
If you are in the venue past 5pm, you can also enjoy the Night Aquarium exhibition. There is no additional fees as the event changes into the Night Aquarium and customers currently inside the space will not be asked to leave.
After 10pm, visitors under 20 will not be permitted to enter.
Before planning your visit it is advisable to check the website as there may be some planned closures throughout the exhibition period.
During times of congestion staff will be on hand to control crowding and may limit access.
Upon exiting the main event space you’ll find a small cafe serving a variety a fish themed snacks as well as a gift shop selling exhibition souvenirs.