Jewel of Fukushima

mistyleaf By mistyleaf, 28th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3igs1afb/
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A museum and aquarium in one where you can enjoy with your five senses the authentic account with the underworld.
It is a place that made the first successful water tank breeding of saury in the world.

Aquamarine Fukushima

Aquamarine Fukushima is one of the finest museums in the world. It’s not simply a showcase of aquarium creatures but it also exhibits a reproduction of the environment inhabited by sea creatures. It makes use of the combined functions of the Science Museum and the Botanic Gardens. As implied in its name, it is both an aquarium and a marine science museum located in Iwaki City Fukushima Prefecture Japan. Its official name is Marine Science Museum Fukushima “Fukushima Kaiyou Kagakukan “ in Japanese, and was given the name Aquamarine Fukushima in 1998 (wikipedia source). Its theme is Tide of the Pacific that particularly focuses the characteristics of the sea of Fukushima. It’s a zone of hands-on experience with the five senses where you can enjoy the beauty and wonders of nature of the sea and the charm of the sound of the tide. As you observe, you will be able to understand the mysteries of the sea from different points of view.
The aquarium was opened in July 15, 2000. The entire facility is covered in glass and is drenched in natural light where different sea animals as well as plants are exhibited.
The trees are vivid exposed to the natural light pouring from the glass covering of the facility.
There are more than 200,000 fish, mammals, plants and birds that had been bred and severely damaged by the tsunami of the Northern Japan Earthquake in March 2011.
It was reopened in July 15, 2011.

Details of the damage

Exhibit Introduction

The facility consists of 4 floors of various attractions that starts with the introduction of the evolution of sea animals, exhibiting living fossils such as nautilus, spotted ratfish and others.
At the first floor you can see the coelacanth world, multicolored goldfish, re-creation of the natural environment and beach.
At the second floor you can see the coral reef sea, the black current and kurile current, Okhotsk Sea, Sea of Fukushima and a touch pool.
At the third floor you can see the tropical waterside of Asia, marine mammals, waterfowl of the north sea and the oceanic gallery.
At the fourth floor you can see the river and the coast of Fukushima.

Coelacanth

In the Coelacanth world there is a discovery laboratory showing the latest video and photography of coelacanth taken by the research team.

Goldfish Tanks

Lines of goldfish tanks in one corner are designed in different styles to give a more attractive view of the fish.
Goldfish of different kinds shine brightly in the transparent and beautiful showcases.

Corals and myriads of attractive fish

There are different aquariums at the second floor that displays corals, different kinds of sea animals. The atmosphere in this corner makes you feel that you are in another world.

Encounter with the two currents

At the corridor seen from above the aquarium is the centerpiece of the "Sea of tide." It is located at the second floor.
The main attraction is at the center tank with a triangular tunnel that features the encounter of two different sea currents, Black Current and Kurile Current. While slipping through the tunnel, you can compare the movement of the fish in the Black Current and in the Kurile Current.

Aquamarine Experience Center

Inside the facility, there is a corner lined with unique-shaped aquariums called Aquamarine Experience Center where you can interact with the creatures. It was established for the children to make them become aware of the preciousness of life. Its aim is to educate the next generation on how to be kind to the natural environment. There is a touch pool at the second floor where you can touch the exhibited creatures.
There is a drawing room where the children can draw the sea creatures they see. There is also a fishing pond connected to the man-made beach outside where they can fish and eat the fish they caught.
There are other outdoor facilities where you can experience outdoor programs like backyard workshops and tours.

Natural Environment

There is a re-creation of a natural environment where there is a stream, a rice field and flowers in bloom depending on the season. You can interact with the birds, insects, fish and other creatures in this place.

Aquamarine Beach

The beach is outside where the fishpond is connected. While playing in the shallow water of the beach, you can see some sea creatures like starfish, sea hares and etc.
There is also a Conservation Center for aquatic organisms outside the building.
There are many more beautiful attractions all over the place that will make your day when you visit this place.



Images Credits:
Aquamarine Fukushima -http://www.aij.or.jp/eng/prizes/prize/03/8r.jpg
nautilus- http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2677/4517534004_62af5f6e9c_z.jpg
Coelacanth- http://www.marine.fks.ed.jp/smp/img/news/2012/DSC03635.JPG
Goldfish- http://www.marine.fks.ed.jp/smp/img/exhibit/ex14/goldfish-main-img.jpg
Corals - http://www.flickr.com/photos/merec0/7000722117/
Triangular Tunnel-http://www.kaigo-hiwada.com/image/Tunnel%20of%20junction%20line%20between%20ocean%20currents01.jpg
unique-shaped aquarium- http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4135/4746262788_25b1589c53_z.jpg
natural environment- http://www.marine.fks.ed.jp/smp/img/exhibit/ex13/biobio-kappanosato-main-img.jpg
Aquamarine Beach-http://tenji.com/blog/wp-content/gallery/amf10/img_3423.jpg


Thank you. mistyleaf

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author avatar mistyleaf
1st Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you for the moderation Johnny.

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Nov 2012 (#)

EXCELLENT AND WELL WRITTEN POST

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author avatar mistyleaf
2nd Nov 2012 (#)

Hi Madan. Thank you for your comment.

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author avatar Buzz
1st Nov 2012 (#)

Beautiful display of exotic fishes, sis. I hope they weren't affected by the earthquake and tsunami, were they?

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author avatar mistyleaf
2nd Nov 2012 (#)

The staffs of the aquarium and other volunteers did their best to save them but due to the stop of electricity and water supply, some were not saved. Others were transferred immediately to Kamogawa Sea World, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo Sea Life Park, Mito Sea Paradise and New Enoshima Aquarium.

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author avatar Tanushree S
1st Nov 2012 (#)

Excellent article. Thanks for the nice read!!

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author avatar mistyleaf
2nd Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you Tanushree for your comment.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
21st Nov 2012 (#)

First of all I do appreciate the photos attached herewith- magnificent. Secondly the sharing of information ..
Great work mistyleaf.

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author avatar mistyleaf
21st Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you for appreciating this article!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Nov 2012 (#)

so beautiful words and pictures xoxox

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author avatar mistyleaf
25th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you, Cn!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Nov 2012 (#)

A wonderful post, Mistyleaf, filled with relevant information and lovely images. A real feat to restore the place so quickly after the debilitating earthquake and tsunami - siva

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author avatar mistyleaf
25th Nov 2012 (#)

There are many volunteers who joined forces for the restoration of the place. Thank you for the comment, Siva.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Jan 2013 (#)

A shining page!!!- just wonderful....

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author avatar mistyleaf
3rd Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar Retired
5th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks for the insight, success for your article

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author avatar DuitByJames
24th Jan 2013 (#)

mistyleaf, this article is wonderful, now I have another dream vacation to put on my virtual travel list. Very nice.

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author avatar mistyleaf
25th Jan 2013 (#)

Hi DuitByJames! I'm glad you like this article. Thank you.

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