Sunday, July 16, 2017

See the Penguins Soaring

Have you ever seen a flying penguin? | 空飛ぶペンギン |Sunshine Aquarium

The Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro is Japan’s first urban high-rise aquarium.  The Sunshine Aquarium calls itself an ‘Oasis in the Sky’

Its open-air zone, ‘Marine Garden’ was reopened after renovations on July 12, 2017.  A 12m wide tank set up 40m above ground can be viewed from below.  This ‘Penguin in the sky’ display sees penguins that live in southern Africa swim around among high-rises just as if they were flying through the sky. 

Usually flightless, these penguins really upset the odds!  It’s a truly out-there, all-new urban experience!

Tokyo aquarium clinches ‘world first’ with flying penguins show

The Asahi Shimbun  by TAKAYUKI KAKUNO/ Staff Writer  July 16, 2017

When visitors enter the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district from July 12, they won’t believe their eyes at the latest feature--and with good reason, as the “flying penguins” are a clever optical illusion.

The display appears to show penguins flying through the sky, thanks to a strategically placed rooftop water tank that perfectly shows through a view of high-rise buildings and blue sky.

The front pane of the tank hangs overhead from aquarium visitors, like an awning made of water.

When penguins swim in the tank, it looks as if they are flying between skyscrapers and above the spectators’ heads.

According to the aquarium, it has clinched a world-first in displaying the flightless birds in such a setting.

“Having conversations with visitors, I sometimes notice some don’t even know that penguins are avian,” said aquarium keeper Mutsumi Ueda, 36.

“They cannot fly, but please come to see them swimming as if they were flying over the urban sky.”

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