Travel: Osaka aquarium charms visitors with ‘small, cute’ creature tanks

(From Asahi Shimbun)

Pint-size and adorable, about 500 small sea creatures from 25 species are currently drawing enthusiastic crowds at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Osaka aquarium

The underwater denizens are part of the special “Gyugyutto Cute” exhibition in the Osaka aquarium famed for its whale sharks. “Gyugyutto” is an onomatopoeia expressing compactness or tightness.

The special exhibition, housed in seven tanks, enables visitors to see up close the little creatures that are hard to spot in larger tanks because they are usually overshadowed by bigger fish.

“All of them are so cute and so fun to look at,” said Ayano Takasaka, 28, a resident of Hirakata who was visiting the aquarium with her 2-year-old son, Kyohei.

Gyugyutto Cute

The boy was peering curiously into the hemispherical tank, which featured a wide variety of colorful creatures, including brightly colored clownfish and blue tang, species known for their key roles in the 2003 animated film “Finding Nemo.” Read more

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