As a way of battling the summer heatwave in Japan this year, Kori no Suizokukan has created a frozen aquarium that helps keep visitors cool while browsing the exhibit.
Kori no Suizokukan is located in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture and features around 450 specimens of around 80 species of marine wildlife, all captured at a nearby sea port. Visitors can enjoy a brief break from the scorching sun and admire all sorts of fish, crabs or octopuses, as well as unusual objects like action figures, bottles of sake, or flowers, all embedded in huge blocks of ice.
The Frozen Aquarium was inaugurated, in Kesennuma’s fish market, in 2002, and uses flash-freezing technology to conserve fresh specimens and keep them looking so good.
The frozen aquarium is a welcome tourist attraction in the heat but, visitors can only spend a few minutes inside. Temperatures inside the aquarium reach -20 degrees Celsius, a special suit is needed to keep people from becoming part of the exhibit themselves. Without these special suits, visitors would start feeling the effects of hypothermia after about five minutes.