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Hidetomo Kimura's Art Aquarium exhibition features hundreds of varieties of goldfish, including several cross-bred species. (Screenshot: YouTube)

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Thousands of fish in illuminated tanks create sprawling psychedelic visual art installation, drawing tens of thousands of viewers in Tokyo.


Thousands of goldfish bring Tokyo art exhibit to life

Reuters News agency

TOKYO - A Japanese artist has used thousands of fish in illuminated tanks to create a sprawling psychedelic visual art installation, drawing tens of thousands of viewers in Tokyo.


Hidetomo Kimura's traveling 'Art Aquarium' exhibition puts on display around 5,000 goldfish and 3,000 other maritime creatures, such as seahorses, in 130 LED-lit tanks of various shapes, colours and sizes.

The LED displays provide a colourful variety of moving images, such as one of sakura blossoms falling serenely from the sky, to the accompaniment of music.

"I wanted to create an artistic installation which is alive by using real fish, rather than materials or pictures," Mr Kimura said on the sidelines of the exhibition.


Mr Kimura creates similar installations several times a year to show all over Japan.

This year's 'Art Aquarium', which marks a decade since Kimura's first such display, is also set to show in the western city of Kyoto in the fall.

This year's exhibition features hundreds of varieties of goldfish, including several cross-bred species.

The fish swim in bubbling fishbowls made of magnifying glass, draped with lace or shaped like Japanese lanterns, among others.

(Photo: Reuters)


One of the new works this year, in which Black Moor goldfish swirl about as their shadows are projected up onto a white LED screen, creates an illusion of a Japanese ink-and-wash painting.

The exhibition is on show at the Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall till Sept 24.

(Photo: Reuters)

A woman wearing a traditional costume takes a look at installations using fish in illuminated tanks at the Art Aquarium exhibition in Tokyo, Japan last Thursday. (Reuters photo)


accompaniment (noun): music that is played to support singing or another instrument - สิ่งประกอบ, ร้องร่วม, สิ่งที่เสริมเข้ามา

aquarium : a building with where people can go to look at fish and other water animals which are kept in large glass containers also known as aquariums - พิพิธภัณฑ์สัตว์น้ำ, สถานที่เลี้ยงสัตว์น้ำ,บ่อเลี้ยงปลา

art installation : a work of art with many parts that takes up a lot of space -

artistic : related to art and making art -

artistic installation : a work of art with many parts that takes up a lot of space -

blossom (noun): a flower or a mass of flowers, especially on a fruit tree or bush - ดอกไม้

bubble (noun): a ball of air or gas in a liquid, or a ball of air inside a solid substance such as glass; a round ball of liquid, containing air, produced by soap and water - ฟอง

creature : anything that lives except plants - สิ่งมีชีวิต (คน, สัตว์)

cross-bred : taking two varieties of plants or animals and breeding them so as to combine their features or traits -

decade : a period of ten years - ทศวรรษ, ระยะเวลา 10 ปี

display (noun): an arrangement of things that people can see - การแสดง, การปรากฏ

display : to show information on a computer screen - โชว์, แสดงภาพบนจอของเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์

drape : to put something such as cloth or a piece of clothing loosely over something - ประดับด้วยผ้าคลุม

draw : to attract or interest somebody - ดึงดูดความสนใจ

exhibition : a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them - นิทรรศการ งานแสดง

feature : to include someone or something as an important part - ทำให้เด่น

illuminated : lit up; bright - ส่องสว่าง, ฉายแสง

illusions : the believe things that are not true; delusions, false impression - ความเข้าใจผิด, ความเชื่อผิดๆ, ความคิดผิดๆ

image : a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ

lace : a delicate material made from threads of cotton, silk, etc. that are twisted into a pattern of holes - ลูกไม้, สิ่งทอลายฉลุ

lantern (noun): a light enclosed in a container which has a handle for holding it or hanging it up, or the container itself - โคมไฟ

magnify : to make something bigger, louder or stronger - เพิ่มขนาด, ขยายตัว

maritime : connected with human activity at sea; near the sea or coast - ทางทะเล, เกี่ยวกับทะเล

mark (verb): to show that something is happening or happened - เป็นเครืองแสดง เป็นการเริ่มต้น

material : a substance that things can be made from - วัตถุ

on display : putting something in a particular place so that people can see it easily - โชว์, แสดง

on the sidelines : outside of a event, i.e., not an actual part of the event -

project : to make light, an image, etc. fall onto a flat surface or screen - ฉาย, แพร่ภาพ

provide : to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้

psychedelic (adj): (of art, music, clothes, etc.) having bright colours, strange sounds, etc. like those that are experienced when taking psychedelic drugs - ซึ่งเกี่ยวกับหรือทำให้เกิดอาการหลอนประสาท

serenely : calmly, peacefully - สงบนิ่ง

set to : ready to do something - พร้อม

shadow : the dark shape that somebody/something's form makes on a surface, for example on the ground, when they are between the light and the surface - เงา, ร่มเงา

shape : the form of the outer edges or surfaces of something - รูปร่าง, รูปทรง, โครงร่าง

sidelines : on the outside of an event - เส้นข้าง

similar : like somebody/something but not exactly the same - คล้ายกัน

species : one kind or variety of animal or plant -

sprawling (adj): built over a wide area, often in a way that is not carefully planned - เกี่ยวกับพื้นที่กว้างที่ไม่ได้วางแผนอย่างรอบคอบ

swirl : to move quickly in circles - หมุนวนอย่างเร็ว

tank (noun): an object shaped like a wide tube; a metal container for gas or liquid - กระบอก

variety (noun): many different types of things or people - ความหลากหลาย

various : several different - หลากหลาย, ซึ่งแตกต่างกัน

viewer : a person who watches TV -

visual : relating to sight - เกี่ยวกับการมองเห็น

works : art works; works of art such as paintings, drawings or photography -


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