Japan Aquarium’s Christmas Tree Lights Powered by Eels

tobaaquarium4By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

In the city of Toba in Mie Prefecture, the Toba Aquarium is running unusual Christmas displays. During the holidays visitors will have a chance to see a four metre Christmas tree made up of 1000 LED lights. The lights have a different power source provided by the aquarium’s electric eels. The LED lights remain a static green until one of the eels discharges electricity causing the lights to flicker a different colour. Eels discharge electricity when surprised or when stunning prey. Lighting time will be from 09:00-17:00 (9 am-5 pm).


Another attraction is that of the Big Jellyfish Tree located in the entrance hall. The tree reaches a height of five metres and has over 6000 LED lights. The model of a Whale dressed in a Santa Claus outfit is located next to it. Lighting time for the Big Jellyfish Tree will be between the hours of 09:00-17:00 (9 am-5 pm).


Located in front of the outdoor ticket office will be a cone ring tree standing 8 metres and using 6000 lights will be lit in the evening. Hours for the lighting will be 15:00-21:00 (3 pm-9 pm).


During this time the aquarium’s sea otter mascots will appear Saturdays, Sundays and holidays for 20 minutes to allow people to take commemorative photos with them and to meet and greet while wandering the aquarium.

The aquarium was founded in 1955 by Haruaki Nakamura (中村幸昭). The facility houses over 25, 000 individuals representing over 1000 species in 12 zones which reproduce natural environments.

The attractions run from November 26-December 25, 2016. You can learn more by visiting Toba Aquarium’s official website at http://www.aquarium.co.jp/


Source(s): Toba Aquarium and Nippon TV News 24 Facebook media site.

Video Source(s): Philip Kim.

Author: James Robert Shaw

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