Wednesday August 25, 2010

A visit to the Kori no Suizokukan (Ice Aquarium) in northeastern Japan is a chilling experience. Frozen bodies are trapped mid-swim in their icy blue graves, while children in parkas gaze on. Spending a few moments in a -5°F aquarium is one way to beat the summer heat. Tourists wander through the icy columns of crabs, fish and octopuses, 450 specimens in all, that have been flash frozen to preserve their life-like forms. You can take home a souvenir for family and friends (“omiyage”) in the form of an action figure or bottle of saki frozen in ice, although it is likely to melt on the way home.
Photo source: CNET

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