Sunshine Aquarium's Special Exhibition, Bakemono-ten! Visit Ikebukuro to See Creatures That Are Experts at Hiding
Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro will be holding Bakemono-ten between June 28 (Thu), 2018 to November 25 (Sun), 2018. This special exhibition features living creatures that can transform and hide themselves! Enjoy the unique, limited edition menu based on the exhibition's theme from the annex cafe as well!
Jun 25 2018 (Sep 09 2020)
Sunshine Aquarium to Hold the Special Exhibition, Bakemono-ten!
Ikebukuro's Sunshine Aquarium is well-known for its unique location, perched on the rooftop of a 40m-high building. From June 28, 2018 (Thursday) to November 25, 2018 (Sunday), the aquarium will play host to a special exhibition titled "Bakemono-ten", which features living creatures that can transform themselves into various forms and colors through mimicry and growth.
Besides featuring an all-star line-up of around 30 types of living, transformable creatures from all over the world, the annex cafe and museum shop offer food menus and limited edition merchandise based on the same theme. What's more, you can also experience how it feels to transform yourself at the Northern White-faced Owl photo corner!
At the exhibition hall, you can search for living creatures in a water tank that can transform themselves through mimicry. Among these, some are said to be so difficult to spot that even adults will have fun searching for them! Satisfy your intellectual curiosity as you find out more about how these creatures try to live in the tough natural world, where it's eat or be eaten, with their survival techniques hidden under unique or beautiful appearances!
Key Creatures Featured at the Exhibition
This is the super flat northern white-faced owl. Check it out from its side!
This is the long-nosed horned frog, which transforms itself through mimicry to look like withered leaves.
This is the Amazon leaffish, which looks like withered leaves.
The Harlequin snake eel is not a sea snake, but actually of the eel family.
Limited Edition Items Featured on the Annex Cafe's Menu
The Leaf-tail Gecko Keema Curry (885 yen) features cheddar cheese shaped in the form of a leaf-tail gecko climbing up the rice. It looks like it is about to blend into the bushes!
The Leaffish Jelly (464 yen) is a dessert that looks like a cross section of the creature's natural habitat. You can eat everything, including the stones spread on the bottom of the riverbed!
Limited Edition Merchandise
The Original Clear File (270 yen) will show the living creatures hidden in the pile of withered leaves once paper is placed in it. Other unique items, such as the Original Keychain (486 yen) and Original Tote Bag (4,860 yen), are also available at this special exhibition!
Sunshine Aquarium's Special Exhibition, Bakemono-ten
June 28, 2018 (Thu) - November 25, 2018 (Sun): 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
*July 21 (Sat) - September 2 (Sun): 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
*August 11 (Sat) - August 19 (Sun): 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
*September 25 (Tue) - November 25 (Sun): 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
**Last entry is at 30 minutes before closing time
**Subjected to change depending on the aquarium's operating hours
Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. Rooftop Special Exhibition Hall
General Entrance Fee: 600 yen
*Discounted price of 400 yen applies towards:
- Aquarium visitors or those who have an annual pass for the aquarium and observatory
- Those visiting associated facilities or events (Sky Circus Sunshine60 Observatory, Konica Minolta Planetarium “Manten”, Ancient Orient Museum, J-world Tokyo, etc.)
*Depending on how busy the facility is, numbered tickets may be distributed
*Depending on the situation, the living creatures featured in the exhibition may be changed
*The photos are for illustrative purposes only
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.