Yesterday Jun wanted to lift my spirits, few things revolving around work are really stressing me out at the moment, so he took me to Ikebukuro to visit the aquarium.
The Sunshine International Aquarium is located on the 10th floor of the World Import Mart Building and holds some 60,000 fish and animals, including dolphins, sea otters, penguins, Ocean Sunfish, and Fennec foxes. They happened to have baby Fennec foxes and Ring-tailed lemers, so they were exciting to see.
Apparently you can have the foxes as pets in Japan, but they need a big yard to run around in, so it looks like I will not be getting one of those cute critters for a while 😦
The actual aquarium was not very big and you could see everything in an hour and it is more of the type of aquarium that you would want to take small kids. Still, it was fun and I just like aquariums(*♥д♥*)
There was also a seal show that was really cute and witty. The basic outline of the show was two seals were competing to be the “champion” – whatever champion that may be. So, the seals did a variety of different tricks to try and outdo the other. These included adding and subtracting, balancing all sorts of balls on their noses, and different balancing acts. It was really cute.
The aquarium also had an interesting event where, starting at 6 pm, they turn off all the lights and hand out flashlights and small black lights to the guests. You then walk around the aquarium with your flashlight and shine it into the tanks to see what creatures are there. All around the aquarium there were hidden messages that could only be seen by use of the black light. If you collected all the messages and put them together you could get a prize…if you are an elementary school student. We didn’t see that sign until we had spent a decent amount of time searching for all the messages. Alas.
After the aquarium we wandered over to Sunshine 60 which is a 60-story skyscraper with a great observation deck. To get to the top, you need to one of the tower’s 40 elevators takes passengers directly from the lobby at a speed of 600 meters per minute (22.4 mph). This elevator is one of the fastest in the world and a major head rush.
The observation deck was all Naruto themed due to the release of the newest film. Besides statues of some of the members of Akatsuki, there was also Naruto themes food being sold in the cafe. Jun ended up ordering the Konoha Dog which was pretty much a fancy corn dog.
All in all, it was a nice little afternoon/evening escape.