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Aqua Zoom aquarium (detail) Tokyo, Japan

I think it was my second trip to Japan when I first visited a small (tiny by American standards, about 3 or 4 hundred square feet at the most) aquarium shop in Tokyo called Aqua Zoom. Back then it was down a small street right across from the Kabuki-za in Ginza. It was the best room of fish tanks I’d ever seen, nothing in America could even come close to the quality on display there. The plants, the fish, all perfect, not a brown leaf or tattered fin in the whole place. That was the first place that I saw the fish magazine called Aqua Journal the best fish and plant magazine in the world (my opinion). Every picture is of the highest quality, the tanks are perfection, not the 1970’s recycled pictures that still show up in our magazines. This magazine is made with pride, and every time I’m over there I buy every issue that I can find. The shop moved to the North East of Tokyo into a department Store, it sits at the bottom of a half round staircase open above to the upper floors. It’s been many years since I was there but the last time I was in Tokyo I was walking down the street and saw this beautiful tank at the entrance of another department store. The sign on it said it was set up and maintained by Aqua Zoom I was really happy to know they were still around.

I find it amazing that something so beautiful can be open to the public right on the sidewalk without it being destroyed.

I feel bad that I can’t find a web site for Aqua Zoom to share with you if anyone knows of one please let me know.

If you love planted tanks here is the link to the Amano Design web site:

www.adana.co.jp/

 

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Taken on October 5, 2005