A Japanese theme park that placed thousands of frozen fish inside an ice rink, has had to close after a huge public backlash.
Space World features a large space for ice skating, in which fish, crabs and other sea creatures have been embedded as part of an attraction called ‘Freezing Port.’ The rink was advertised on the park’s Facebook page, and included images of the fish – some positioned to spell out ‘hello’ – with tasteless captions such as “I am d… d… drowning, s … s… suffocating.” Grim.
Manager Toshimi Takeda intended for the attraction to be hugely popular, and although many visitors have enjoyed the ice rink, it has also received a massive amount of criticism – especially online.
Takeda said that after the attraction was televised, the reaction from social media had been “brutal.” Can’t say we’re exactly surprised.
Shocked and taken aback by the reaction, Takeda thought it best to temporarily close the rink and that they would unfreeze it to remove the fish, whilst holding an “appropriate religious service”.
The manager made sure to point out that the fish were already dead before being purchased for the park and that some were actually simply blow-up photos that were designed to appear like real fish, but people have not held back on their feelings towards Takeda, with one calling him a man with no soul for being able to create such an attraction, and another being quoted as saying “This really makes me upset. Do you think children are happy to see this fish in skate rink?”
Japanese Facebook page Relief Pain Animals also made sure Takeda was aware of how inappropriate the attraction was, saying “Why is it fun to skate over the frozen? “It is shocking that this kind of idea was taken up normally in Japan … This is the worst attraction educationally.”
Space World apologised to those who disliked the attraction, and the park has since removed any related photos or posts from their online pages.