Something Seems Very Wrong With Japan's 'Art Aquarium' Craze

September 10, 2014 1:49 PM

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Time is running out to party with 5,000 fish in Tokyo. It's the last month of Art Aquarium, an annual Japanese installation/dance party that draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors to rock out amidst well-stocked aquariums. The most famous of the fish on display are kingyo, a type of Japanese goldfish bred over decades into a freakish line, prized for their bulging eyes, wrinkly foreheads and puffy cheeks.

Behind the madness is founder (and "aquartist"), Hidetomo Kimura. Artnet News describes Kimura's setup as a sort of carnival exhibit, moving from a "series of elegantly spare circular tanks, filled to the brim" (for an "ideal view of the beautiful fish"), to an aquarium distorted by convex and conca...

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