Sony Aquarium 2019

Here they are, from Okinawa's "Churaumi"! Cool off with these brilliantly unique sea creatures.

Escape the heat in the middle of the city at the giant aquarium in Ginza Sony Park. Featuring fish from Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, there will be around 1,000 colorful swimming creatures of 30 different types swimming and fluttering about, including a Humphead wrasse, more commonly known as the Napoleon fish, and a Tawny nurse shark. The event this year will include an open college taught by researchers from Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and limited-time menu items made with ingredients from Okinawa. Come check it out!

July 26 - August 18, 2019 10:00 - 22:00

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* This program has finished.

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  • EVENT
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  • PRESENT

Exhibit Overview

Okinawa's "Churaumi" ecosystem will be recreated at Sony Aquarium 2019 with around 1,000 fish from 30 different species swimming about in the giant outdoor aquarium exhibit, including a 90 cm long Humphead wrasse, more commonly known as the Napoleon fish, and a Tawny nurse shark that was born at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

Venue GL / Ground Level
Hours

10:00 - 22:00

Feeding time

You can watch the sea creatures being fed twice each day.

Times

Starting at 10:30 and 17:00 each day, for around 15 minutes each

* There will not be a feeding time on August 18 (Sun).

Aquarium Commentary

On weekends, feeding staff from Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium will provide commentary on the aquarium.

Learn about the biology of these glorious sea creatures while watching them swim and circle about.

Days / times

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Starting at 10:30 and 17:00 for around 15 minutes each

* On Fridays there is no commentary at 10:30.

Venue The large aquarium exhibit area on GL / Ground Level

Park College

Ginza Sony Park is holds "Open Colleges" on a variety of topics from architecture to art, urban development, fashion, technology, and more, featuring prominent people and experts from each field as special guest lecturers. Together with Sony Aquarium 2019, this year the college will present forums offering lots of opportunities to learn more about the bountiful sea and the creatures that call it home.

Click here to see more details about Park College

Park College #03

Topic The Biology of the Sea Turtle and the Environmental Problems Confronting It
Date / time August 8/11 (Sun) 14:00 - 15:00
Venue B4 / Basement 4
Speakers Isao Kawazu (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium) / Yoshimasa Matsuzawa (Chairman of the Sea Turtle Association of Japan) / Namika Wada (Moderator)
Price 500 yen (includes one drink and a seat)
Language Japanese
Details & reservations Ginza Sony Park Official Peatix

Sea Turtle Pool at Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park (Ocean Expo Park)

Park College #04

Topic Sharks and killer whales: The top predators in the sea
Date / time August 18 (Sun) 14:00 - 15:00
Venue B4 / Basement 4
Speakers Keiichi Sato (Deputy Director General, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium) / Hiroshi Katsumata (Director, Kamogawa Sea World) / Namika Wada (Moderator)
Price 500 yen (includes one drink and a seat)
Language Japanese
Details & reservations Ginza Sony Park Official Peatix

kinawa Churaumi Aquarium at Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park (Ocean Expo Park)

Kamogawa Sea World

Speaker Profiles

Isao Kawazu

Chief of Fish Section, Aquariums Department , Okinawa Churashima Foundation. After earning his master's from the Nagasaki University Graduate School of Science and Technology, he started working at the Ocean Exposition Commemorate Park Management Foundation (currently the Okinawa Churashima Foundation) in 2003. He earned his Ph.D. with a doctoral dissertation on the topic of the reproductive biology of sea turtles in 2015. Specialized in the reproduction and biology and of sea turtles, he conducts investigative research on the conservation of the species, is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Marine Turtle Specialist Group, and also works with the Sea Turtle Association of Japan.

Yoshimasa Matsuzawa

Chairman of the Sea Turtle Association of Japan. After receiving his doctorate from the Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University, he studied abroad at the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida in the US, then in 2001 he began working at the executive office of the (NPO) Sea Turtle Association of Japan. He works on international collaborative programs, and on developing and nurturing sea turtle research and conservation activities in various locations.

Keiichi Sato

Deputy Director General, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Hails from Tochigi Prefecture. After completing his doctorate at the Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences at Hokkaido University, he started working at the Ocean Exposition Commemorate Park Management Foundation (currently the Okinawa Churashima Foundation) in 2001. As a shark expert, he conducts research on a broad range of fields such as physiological ecology, reproductive biology, and taxonomy mainly pertaining to the great white shark, deep sea shark, and other cartilaginous fish.

Hiroshi Katsumata

Director, Kamogawa Sea World. Originally from the city of Kamogawa in Chiba Prefecture. He has been involved in managing the upbringing of sea animals and exhibiting them since 1987. Since 2018 he has also been addressing issues pertaining to dolphins as the Chief of Aquarium Division the General Affairs Committee of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Namika Wada

Freelance newscaster. Originally from Tokyo. She appears on programs such as Green Jacket on InterFM, AbemaTV Tour on AbemaTV, and Golf Road on Nippon BS Broadcasting. In addition to being a part-time lecturer at Josai International University she also has qualifications in as a certified health care manager and as a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine , and she lectures at locations all over Japan.

Okinawa Event

Kae Izena and Enami Kamijo from Okinawa Prefecture will hold a cross talk on Basement 4 on the topic of "Okinawan Food to Beat the Heat - Summer is the Time for Okinawan Food! Why is That?" discussing the mechanisms that make us feel hot and the nutrients in vegetables, sunburns, and more. Okinawan musician Makiko Miyara will also be on hand to fill your senses with the musical vibe of Okinawa playing Island Soul, a session featuring the traditional Okinawan stringed instrument called the sanshin, along with acoustic guitar and percussion.

Date / time July 28 (Sun) 13:00-14:00, 16:00-16:30
Venue B4 / Basement 4
Price Free to enter and participate
Program
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Talk event

    Speakers: Kae Izena, Enami Kamijo

    Topic: "Okinawan Food to Beat the Heat - Summer is the Time for Okinawan Food! Why is That?"

  • 16:00 - 16:30 Live music artist

    Performer: Makiko Miyara

    Music session with Island soul and sanshin, acoustic guitar, and percussion

Kae Izena

From the city of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture. Registered dietitian, certified health and athletic trainer, and practitioner of Ryukyu food culture . After working as a registered dietitian in schools, hospitals, and companies, she founded Health Planning Kae in 1991. She founded Total Wellness Project Okinawa in 2015 and became representative director. After moving her base from Naha to Yomitan she opened the new studio Kae Project in April 2016. Her activities are under the theme of "Bringing Happiness and Health from Okinawa through Food." In addition to giving lectures throughout Japan and overseas, she has also penned four cookbooks including "Simple Okinawan Recipes by Kae Izena."

Enami Kamijo

From the city of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture. Graduated from Nippon Sport Science University. While at university in 2009 she began working as an Orion Campaign Girl. Starting in April 2014 she became active as a media talent, including as a radio personality, TV reporter, and as an actress. In 2013 she moved to Tokyo. She is now active as an emcee and reporter at sporting events, concerts, and ceremonies all over Japan. She founded the organization "Shining" in 2016, and also plans activities and sporting events to spread the "Ryukyu Exercises" that she herself invented, under the theme "Healthy Mind and Body."

Makiko Miyara

From Ishigaki in Okinawa. With natural talents and island soul nurtured on the islands of Yaeyama as her guiding force, she released her debut album "Kokoro no Hoshi" (Star of the Mind) in 2005. Since then she has released three solo albums and five albums with (the group) Churamana. She began performing at concerts and events in the Okinawan music scene and is now involved in all types of activities including composing the title song for the film "Pengin-fufu no Tsukurikata" (how to create a Penguin couple) which was released in fall 2012. She is a mother of two. After winning the award for best new musician at the 2013 Yaeyama Classical Music Competition , she then won the award for excellence at the same competition in 2016.

Limited time menu items with ingredients from Okinawa

Throughout the duration of Sony Aquarium 2019, BEER TO GO on Basement 4 will be featuring limited-time menu items made with ingredients from Okinawa, as well as drinks made with the tropical citrus "shekwasa."

Venue "BEER TO GO" by Spring Valley Brewery (B4 / Basement 4)
Hours

Monday - Saturday: 11:00 - 23:00 (L.O. 22:30)

Sunday and holidays: 11:00 - 22:00 (L.O. 21:30)

* Packed lunches sold until 16:00

Deli

  • Chilled spaghetti with tomato and mango
  • Salted kelp namul with island okra and bean sprouts
  • Farmer's salad with grilled vegetables and acerola
  • Passionfruit marinade with "goya" bitter melon and summer vegetables

400 yen each (incl. tax)

Packed lunches

  • Stewed pork-rib cubes "rafutei" lunch 880 yen (incl. tax)

Drinks

  • Squash with whole shekwasa citrus 500 yen (incl. tax)

Stamp rally for raffles to win luxurious prizes

Collect stamps from four designated checkpoints at the two venues of Ginza Sony Park and Ginza Place to be able to enter raffles to win a trip to Okinawa, JTA plane tickets, and other prizes. Collect stamps for the stamp rally while enjoying the events and programs at the venues.

Duration July 26 (Fri) - August 18 (Sun)
Hours 11:00 - 17:30 (entries for raffles accepted until 18:30)

Stamp rally checkpoints

  • (1) Ginza Sony Park GL / Ground Level
  • (2) Ginza Sony Park B4 / Basement 4
  • (3) Nissan Crossing (Ginza Place 1F)
  • (4) Sony Showroom / Sony Store Ginza (Ginza Place 4F)

Raffle Location

Sony Showroom / ony Store Ginza (Ginza Place 5F)

Prize List

  • One pair of tickets to Okinawa

    * Includes round trip tickets from Haneda to Naha, two-night hotel stay, and car rental

    * Includes tickets to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium with special behind-the-scenes tour vouchers

  • Pair of JTA round-trip tickets form Haneda to Ishigaki
  • Pair of JTA round-trip tickets from Haneda to Miyakojima
  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium stuffed animal (spotted garden eel)
  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium stuffed animal (splendid garden eel)
  • 500 yen tickets for Craft Beer and Deli Stand "BEER TO GO"

Other great prizes will also be available including Sony Store gift certificates, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium fish stickers, and more.

Higashi-Hennazaki Cape, Miyako Island

Ginza PLACE

In addition to the two aquarium exhibits overseen by Churaumi Okinawa Aquarium at Sony Showroom/Sony Store

Ginza, there will also be fish photography tours at the aquarium display at Ginza Place, and more.

Sony Showroom/Sony Store Ginza (Ginza Place 4F, 5F)

Click here for more about Ginza Place (Sony Showroom / Sony Store Ginza)

Sony Aquarium 2019 Event Overview

Duration

24 days, July 26 (Fri) - August 18 (Sun), 2019

* This program has finished.

Venue

(1) Ginza Sony Park

Hours: 10:00 - 22:00

Address: 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

https://www.ginzasonypark.jp/e/access/

(2) Ginza Place (Sony Showroom / Sony Store Ginza, Nissan Crossing)

Hours: 11:00 - 19:00

Address: 5-8-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

https://ginzaplace.sc-concierge.jp/

Organizer Ginza Sony Park
Co-sponsor Sony Marketing Inc.
Support Okinawa Prefecture Government, Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau, Okinawa Churashima Foundation, Ebara Corporation, Japan Transocean Air Co., Ltd., Okinawa Tourist Service Inc.
Oversight Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium