マダコがビンのフタを開けた

28 Jun

Last December. I wrote a post about Japan’s “Eco” movement that mentioned a X-mas tree powered by an electric eel at the 江ノ島水族館 (Enoshima Aquarium) near Tokyo.

(Click here to read that post).

The 江ノ島水族館 (Enoshima Aquarium) has a YouTube page.

Well, scientists have said that the 「マダコ」 (“Common Octopus”) is intelligent.
If it’s put into a jar and the lid is then screwed shut, the octopus will watch and learn how the top was closed…and then it will reverse the process from inside the jar to open it and free itself.

The 江ノ島水族館 (Enoshima Aquarium) demonstrated this and put a video of it on their YouTube page.

Here’s the video:

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I’ve never been much of a Michael Jackson fan, but if you are…and you’re in Tokyo, the Tokyo Tower is having a special exclusive event since last month until July 11th titled “Michael Jackson – the official Lifetime collection“.

If you want to see Michael Jackson’s personal possessions, including his Rolls-Royce car and many other items, you should go to the Tokyo Tower by July 11th between the hours of 9:00AM – 10:00PM.

Admission is ¥2,000 for adults, ¥1,800 for high school and college students, and ¥1,500 for children between age 3 and junior high age. (Under 3 is free).

Last Friday was the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.
To commemorate, Tokyo Tower allowed fifty die-hard fans who were willing to pay ¥100,000 (about US$1,000) to spend the night in the exhibit room surrounded by the collection of Michael Jackson’s possessions!
Supposedly, these fans were touched emotionally by the experience and felt the money was well spent.

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Also, this year is the 60th anniversary of the popular Japanese toy store chain “Kiddyland“.
So Kiddyland has decided it’s time to renovate their large multi-storied shop in 表参道 (Omotensando, Tokyo).

So on 2010 August 31, the current store will close for the renovations and a temporary shop will be opened on 2010 September 1st not far from the current location.

A map showing how to get from the current Kiddyland location to the temporary one (which will be above "Snoopy Town")

The new renovated Kiddyland will reopen in the summer of 2012 at it’s current location.

Here’s an artist’s rendition of the new store:

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8 Responses to “マダコがビンのフタを開けた”

  1. jaydeejapan June 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    I had no idea Enoshima aquarium had its own Youtube channel. I live only a few minutes from the aquarium by Shonan Monorail.

    Your blog is the second one I’ve noticed has changed to the new Koi theme. I’ve been thinking about it, too. The preview actually looked better than what I have now.

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    • tokyo5 June 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

      Do you live in Enoshima?
      It’s a nice area.

      >the new Koi theme.

      Yeah, I looked at my site with this theme and thought it looked nice.
      My old header didn’t match it though so I made a new one with a transparent background.

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      • jaydeejapan June 29, 2010 at 1:10 am #

        I live in Kamakura, but just a short monorail ride away from Enoshima.

        The Koi theme seemed to work fine with my header. But I change mine regularly.

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      • tokyo5 June 29, 2010 at 1:14 am #

        Yeah, Kamakura is close to Enoshima.
        And it’s a very nice area too. Have you climbed “Genji Yama“?

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      • jaydeejapan June 29, 2010 at 1:53 am #

        Yeah, I’ve hiked through there. I was there in November.

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      • tokyo5 June 29, 2010 at 1:57 am #

        It’s been awhile since I’ve been there…but it’s nice.

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      • jaydeejapan June 29, 2010 at 2:07 am #

        Definitely is nice. I’ve only been there once, but I could walk there in about 30 minutes from where I live.

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      • tokyo5 June 29, 2010 at 2:47 am #

        I like Kamakura a lot. I’ve been there many times. Very “traditional” Japan.

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