Aquarium-themed ice rink in Japan gets frozen out by consumers

Heard of ice skating on frozen fish? Few in Japan had either. Here’s how theme park execs responded to backlash.

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Public outcry has led a Japanese amusement park to close its ice skating rink, which prominently featured around 5,000 dead, frozen fish.

The Space World park in Kitakyushu faced a sea of threats from protesters, who called its aquarium-themed rink “immoral,” “cruel” and “disrespectful of life.”

Reports say the park aimed to give visitors the “sense of sliding on the sea.”

The sprat and mackerel fish (among others) were reportedly positioned to spell out the word “hello” in one area of the rink. In another, they formed an arrow pointing the direction the skaters should follow.

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