The Life Aquatic

When I was living in Tokyo last summer, I became mildly obsessed with seaside excursions. Living in two of Asia’s largest mega-metropolis urban jungles will do that to a person. Japan, being an archipelago, is framed by stunning coastline on both sides, and I’ve found this often surprises people. “I had no idea Japan had places that looked like that!” It does indeed, which makes for many options, and I was able to take advantage of them more than a few times. (Here, here and here.)

During the work week, I would scour the internet  looking for the best white sand beaches in Japan and plot my weekend escapes. It was during this detective work that I discovered Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium and its 7500 cubic meter Kuroshio Sea Tank filled with whale sharks and manta rays. It was with this discovery that I was determined to come to Okinawa.

It took a year to get here and then another six months to come back and get to that aquarium. But I got there. And it is spectacular. If the list of visitors who are promising to visit have anything to say about it, I will be back often.

And so I present to you (some of) the photos…

and the video. I’ll be accepting reservations for your visits.

5 Responses to “The Life Aquatic”

  1. jodi says:

    oh, my. that looks like the most magical aquarium ever.

    there’s a joke among foreigners in japan that goes something like this: when gaijin go to an aquarium, they say, “oh, how beautiful!” when japanese go to an aquarium, they say, “oh, how delicious!”

    • Stephanie says:

      Yes, and well, it’s true. Actually, I didn’t see anyone come to the aquarium with chopsticks, so maybe not :)

  2. Phoe says:

    Absolutely amazing.

  3. Just Bob says:

    Just saw the video. I want to buy a 40″ HDTV, hang it on the wall and have the Churaumi Aquarium playing 24 hours a day.

  4. Debjani says:

    Thanks for the videos, it really cheered up my first day back behind my desk.

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