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Ice Aquarium

The Kori no Suizokukan (Ice Aquarium) in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, packs about 450 specimens of marine life frozen in large columns of ice bathed in blue light.

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Flash freeze

The Ice Aquarium uses flash-freezing technology to preserve fresh fish unloaded in Kesennuma's port on the Pacific Ocean. Inside, the ambient air is a cool minus 5 degrees F (minus 20 C), and guests have to don parkas to keep warm. The difference between the temperature inside and outside the aquarium can sometimes top 50 degrees Celsius.

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Swimming in ice

Some 80 species, including saury, octopuses, crabs and skipjack, are preserved in lifelike poses. The fish and other creatures of the deep seem to be swimming in ice.

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Ice art

Okamoto Seihyo, a manufacturing company in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, helped produce the Ice Aquarium displays. It specializes in what it calls "ice art." Its craftsmen can freeze everything from salmon to bottles of sake to flower arrangements. These are all presented in cylinders of ice that are given as gifts.

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Ultraman on ice

Frozen Ultraman action figures offer a bit of cool geekery.

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Frozen fish art

Okamoto Seihyo also produces displays of frozen tuna and other fish for ice art exhibitions and winter festivals. Fish popsicles, anyone?

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