Japanese Theme Park Freezes 5,000 Fish Inside Skating Rink, People Get Upset

November 28, 2016

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Japanese theme park Space World recently closed its new 'Frozen Harbor' skating rink attraction and apologized after a public backlash in response to the park freezing some 5,000 fish, crabs and other sea creatures under the ice. Apparently people thought that was inappropriate. I'm not sure if that's because they thought they were frozen alive (which they weren't -- they were bought on ice from a nearby fish market), disrespectful, or just a horrible waste of seafood. Admittedly, I would have eaten those.

Space World manager Toshimi Takeda told CNN Monday the reaction on social media had been brutal once news of the attraction was broadcast on local television.


"We were shocked to hear the reaction as the ice skate rink was very popular since it opened two weeks ago, we had an unprecedented number of visitors," he said.

"(But) we had endless opinions about the project, we were shocked ... We are sorry for the project and decided to close the rink on that night."

Takeda told CNN the park would unfreeze the skate rink to remove the fish, hold an "appropriate religious service" and then reuse them as fertilizer.

Well that does seem like a pretty ridiculous attraction for a park called Space World. Personally, I would have designed a skating rink that makes it look and feel like you're skating on the rings of Saturn, but that's just me and I'm a genius theme park designer and Disney should be chomping at the bit to hire me. *shrug* When reached for comment about the fishy ice rink, one father who had brought his children to the attraction had this to day: "Holy shit don't look kids, I think I just found Nemo and Dorie."

Keep going for several more shots of Ariel's worst nightmare (minus losing Prince Eric).

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Thanks to william, who agrees at least they didn't use birds.

  • ashia™

    Kitty cat hell...

  • Good going, PC America.

  • Wait... the fish are ABOVE the ice? Like you have to dodge them or get fish guts in your skates? WTF am I missing here, this seems like a nightmare.

  • GeneralDisorder

    What you're missing is how much worse the nightmare gets when you run the Zamboni over it.

  • For real, this shit just gets more haunting the more you think about it.

  • Steven Newton

    Only some are above the ice, I guess for scenery?

  • Jenness

    They should have just used fake fish.

  • Steven Newton

    They used super realistic stickers for the whale sharks and rare creatures, should've done the same for the fish IMO.

  • MustacheHam

    Agreed, it would be less creepier than skating over the fishy corpses. :)

  • Jason Christopher

    I actually think this would have been pretty cool. An illusion of skating on top of the sea, or whatever. Much like GW, I'm not sure how that fits into "Space World", but whatever. Anyone want to explain the uproar over this? I'm sure it's a cultural thing that I'm completely oblivious to.

  • Steven Newton

    A lot of people seemed to think the park just took a live attraction and froze it solid, presumably killing 5000 plus living fish for a skate rink. A few even thought the whale sharks and sting rays were ACTUALLY frozen alive in the rink instead of just being stickers which were used for all the rare/exotic animals in the ice.

    Plus you have the tree hugging crowd which already feels that fishing is having a harmful global effect on the oceans so they wouldn't take kindly to 5000 of anything being frozen into a rink.

    Also hitting any of those fish that were above the ice line would've caused people to tumble, doesn't seem very fun.

  • JJtoob

    I'm sure there are double standards about this somewhere, but it's just the killing of living beings for human entertainment, not much of it at that. I understand the fish likely weren't killed originally for this purpose, but even then as pointed out in this article, it also becomes a waste of food. Both of those issues seem worse when you consider fake fish would have done just as well of a job if not better because you don't affect the environment as badly, and people won't give as much of a hoot. Japanese also have a bad rep of just wanting to kill everything in the ocean as it is, so this does not help their image to the world.
    Good on them for trying to use the fish for something positive, but if people had even rubbed a couple neurons together, they could have came up with a better version of this, or an entirely new and better idea (How about lights! or shit, how about lights in the shape of fish!?)

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