Aquariums are typically reserved for family-friendly outings. They’re places where you go to relax, unwind and decompress. In fact, there’s even such a thing as aquarium therapy, where contemplating fish swimming around in the water is meant to have a significant effect in reducing levels of stress and anxiety. But anyone headed to Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium this October should pay close attention to what time they enter.
At 6:30 PM, Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium will transform from a space of cool relaxation and light-hearted fun to one of blood-chilling terror. In what is a first for the aquarium, they’ve teamed up with Japanese horror house producer Hirofumi Gomi, who’s created over 35 horror houses around Japan and is the author of several books approaching fear and the allure of it from a psychological perspective.
The exhibition, titled “Noroi no Mizugushi” (the haunted water comb) will begin October 1, 2016 and will last through October 31. Hours are 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm and general admission is 2,000 yen.
The show has clearly been timed with Halloween. And although the transformative nature of the space is surely what makes it so exciting, we do hope that the animals’ needs and habitats are prioritized when planning the show.