Space World theme park has shut down its first-ever 5,000-fish frozen in ice attraction, apologizing for breaking Japan's weird boundary.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, however, the reason for the attraction going viral was due to massive internet outrage, as Space World was forced to close the skating rink Sunday after its Facebook page became flooded with complaints. The park's officials made a decision to come with a different approach and decorated the ice skating rink with many dead sea creatures and fish which appeared as if they had been trapped beneath the ice.
Park General Manager Toshimi Takeda told CNN that the criticism had been "brutal", and that he and others were shocked at the reaction. But if you're someone that's like 'why is this on a hockey blog?' then we'll counter that with the obvious retort: What do 5,000 dead fish have to do with Space? The park did release a statement to the Japan Times, however, to apologize to any park-goers who may have been "uncomfortable" because of the frozen sea creatures.
"The real fish we used were provided wholesale from public fish markets, and these fish sellers are all aware of the objective of this project", the public relations department official said. Also, the officials thought that people would have the opportunity to learn more about many species of fish.
"There are more than 500 pupils already booked in, so we are looking at introducing morning sessions to accommodate them all".
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Virtually within minutes of opening the ice skating rink, a barrage of negative comments appeared online.
Some of the sea creatures at Space World, in Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka, spell out the word "hello".
The good news is that the fish weren't frozen into position while still alive, as you can probably tell by the smart way they're all arranged.
Space World is considering holding a memorial service for the fish.
"We are planning to hold a memorial service for the fish inviting a Shinto priest, which we'd planned before getting criticised".