Not much different from your everyday fish market, the Kori no Suizokukan in Kesennuma, Japan, packs about 450 species of marine life frozen in large columns of ice bathed in blue light. It takes awhile for visitors to realize the specimens are not for sale, but are part of a frozen aquarium display. In the diorama, iced objects like bottles and flowers are on display as well. Anyway, this reminds me a lot of the Ice Museum in Turkey and that Ice Hotel in Alaska.
For over ten years Kori no Suizokukan has been flash-freezing the fish, which helps to not damage their appearance. To maintain the blocks of ice that preserves the collection, the internal temperatures of the aquarium reach -20 degrees Celsius (-2 degrees Fahrenheit). As a year-round tourist attraction, visitors are required to wear special suits and can only spend a few minutes inside, otherwise they will experience a severe feeling of pain. As someone who has lived through many bitterly Midwest American winters, all I gotta say is…I know the feeling. And gloves can only do so much.