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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published September 20th 2014
When my mum was planning our Tokyo trip, my dad said Sumida Aquarium is a must-see for him because it is the only place that features aquariums designed by Takashi Amano, the sage of aquariums. Mr Amano's specialty is lushly planted tanks where arrangements of stone, sand and wood plays a central role, and fishes and shrimps are only the "supporting cast". Keeping an aquarium is my dad's hobby and he has designed our home aquarium using some of Takashi Amano's methodology and concepts.

Sumida Aquarium is located next to Sky Tree Tower in Sumida, Tokyo. The 'aqua-scaped' aquariums designed by Takashi Amano's company, Aqua Design Amano (ADA) greet visitors at the entrance hall. Clear water is a trademark of his aquariums.

Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo
Entrance Hall


Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo
Closed Aquarium


Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo
Open Aquarium


Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo
Aquascape


There are a few tanks containing jellyfish. My sister was fascinated with the jellyfish displays, in particular the Moon Jelly, and took heaps of pictures.

Sumida Aquarium, Moon Jelly, Tokyo
Moon Jelly


Sumida Aquarium, Jellyfish, Tokyo
Jellyfish


My mum found the Garden Eel very interesting, the way they swayed and interweaved in the water. My favourite exhibit is was also the Garden Eel aquarium.

Sumida Aquarium, Garden Eel, Tokyo
Garden Eel


The central tank is huge and has sharks, eels, stingrays and many other types of fishes. It is very restful to sit and watch the sea animals swimming around.

Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo
Central Tank


Sumida Aquarium, Stingray, Tokyo
Stingray


A tank that is popular with the kids is the penguin tank. It has an area of land in the middle for the penguins to rest when they are not swimming.

Sumida Aquarium, Penguin, Tokyo
Penguins


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When: 9:00-21:00
Phone: 81-3-5619-1821
Where: 1-1-2 Oshiage, 1-Chome, Solamachi 5F/6F, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045
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I've seen garden eels before. They're rather amusing to watch; it's as iff they are playing a game of whack-a-mole.
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