I saw this event poster either on my phone or in the subway station not too long ago and once I found out it was going to be held in my area I knew I HAD to go. I looooove aquascapes and planted tanks so this was huge for me. During my summer break I set a date in my planner to visit. The venue which is pretty much central Osaka, was just a short train ride from my apartment. Of course when I got to the location I got a little lost, which is nothing new to me haha. After roaming around a bit I found my way at the entrance, I was pretty excited!
As soon as I stepped in I was instantly impressed. The quality and attention to detail was insane, I honestly feel like I need to go again because it was just so good.
This was the first view when walking in.
The tanks I have had at my house have never been built to a level like the ones here, but even with my low-tech tanks I love sitting in front of them for long periods of time. So you can only imagine how long I wanted to stand in front of each tank here. I accidentally came on a holiday so it was a little busy, but the people were polite and quiet so it didn’t hinder the experience at all.
Here’s the first tank that had me stuck for a few minutes.
I have watched so many youtube videos building a setup like this but I haven’t tried it for myself yet. Something like this would look great in my apartment but it would be sad when it’s time to move. I’m not even sure where I will be in the next couple years lol.
It’s so crazy, I have actually had no-tech setups like these and they performed really well. I used a cheap glass container from walmart. If I used a box like the ones below, my display would have been a lot cleaner but it was still pleasant to look at.
Let’s take a closer look at the center display. The water is so clear it gives a crazy illusion. It’s also super impressive how healthy the plants are, these tanks had one or two shrimp inside for movement. I do wish there was a couple dedicated shrimp setups, BUT! Shrimp are very sensitive so it would be risky to move them into a venue.
This next room gives examples of where you can display a tank in your home, pretty cool concept and layout. It was confusing at first but I quickly understood the idea.
Another abstract setup for the dining table.
I’m sure all my readers often hear me speak badly about my own photos but something was different about the photos taken on this day. The tank below was probably my number one favorite and the photos of it were just as good. I just love the color contrast, everything around is plain and greyscale then BOOM, a colorful cube and gorgeous guppies inside.
I say this tank was my favorite not because it was the best thank there, but because it is something I could realistically see myself making. One day I will do it! And the way my life goes, I always do what I say I will do.
I love these little setups, they even had some for sale at the end but they are super expensive and I have a lot of other things that need financial attention right now haha.
Now for the next series of photos, it might seem lazy of me to not say much but I want to let the hard work and dedication speak for itself. Each one of these main displays has had so much work and love poured into them (no pun intended). Please take the time to enjoy these masterpieces.
This was such a beautiful sight, a man and his daughter enjoying the view together. The father took a couple steps back and let his daughter take photos.
Instead of being annoyed by people standing in front of the tanks while I was taking photos, I actually felt joy seeing people of all ages take in the stunning view. You really can get lost in the moment while admiring these tanks. It can serve as a reminder of how small our existence is, in the grand scheme of things.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what this man was thinking about while looking at the display?
Now without a person there, we get to sit there and think…
Those were all photos from the 9 main displays. Every detail was executed perfectly, even the filtration and co2 plumbing.
The next series of photos are some bonus pics I took on my second lap.
On the exit route there was a wall of art, I think to be used as inspiration for future projects.
Then there was a gift shop, where I had to convince my self that I didn’t NEED anything. I made it out alive and with a full wallet!
I know this was a really long blog but I hope it was a pleasure to read. I had a really good time and for once I sincerely like the photos I took. Not to say there isn’t room for improvement!
I wanted to hit up a cafe nearby since it was about 2pm and I hadn’t eaten anything yet. So after a quick google search I ended up at Cafe LA https://www.shinsaibashicafela.com/menu
The owner Eric and I had a long conversation about various topics, and it turns out he is from LA hence the name of his cafe. I had a great time there and the food and drinks were just as good. The vibe of the place is very chill and I can’t wait to go back.
At this point my poor 2012 macbook pro sounds like it is on life support, so I think this is a good spot to finish the blog. Thank you so much for reading and see you next time!