Looking for something new and thrilling to close out the year? Or, maybe just something that will give you goosebumps? If so, why not pay a visit to Nagoya’s “Kimoi Ten”? Back by popular demand and renamed “Kimoi Ten RETURNS,” visitors at this exhibit will have the opportunity to see creepy and crawly creatures that aren’t normally available in daily life.
The exhibit gets its name from the expression 気持ち悪い(kimochiwarui) in Japanese which literally translates to“bad feelings,”or better worded as “creepy,” and is located on the 6th floor of Nagoya PARCO. See all the creative ways these animals defend themselves against their surroundings! The event will be held from Saturday, December 8th 2018 through Sunday, January 20th 2019 for a limited time only, so don’t miss out!
Below is a list of some of the creatures you can expect to see at the exhibit:
False Tomato Frog (Dyscophus Guineti)
Unique to Madagascar, its special features are its patterns and colors which is similar to a tomato. When threatened by a predator, it stands firm in its place, puffs up its body as a warning, and secretes a white, milky, poisonous liquid from its skin.
Scaleless Texas Rat Snake
Belonging to the Colubridae family of snakes, this Scaleless Texas Rat Snake is mainly found in North America. Its constantly exposed skin leaves it quite vulnerable to trauma.
Cuban Cockroach (Green Banana Cockroach)
Dubbed as the “prettier cockroaches in the world,” the Cuban Cockroach makes its habitat in Mexico, central Africa as well as south Africa. It was named for its similarity to an unripen banana.
A freshwater turtle found in South America. Its name comes from the word “mata mata” which means “skin” in the local language. It usually hides itself amongst the fallen leaves and vegetation at the bottom of the body of water and waits until a fish comes close enough for it to suck the prey into its mouth.
Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider(Poecilotheria metallica)
This tarantula’s natural habitat is in the deciduous forests of central southern India. It gets part of its Binomial name from the metallic blue coloring of its skin and is known to some as the “most beautiful spider” amongst other names it has. Since it is currently Critically Endangered, it could soon well be known as “the illusionary spider.”
The Creepy Crawly Corner
Here, visitors can experience the touch, smell, sight of “creepy” animals. The animals available change each day, so come back every day for a creepy surprise!
Event Days：Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Bug Tasting: “I wonder what this tastes like?”
Insects can be regarded as the food of the future passed down from old times. People from all over the world eat insects, and of course the possibilities are endless!
The more you chew, the better! Perhaps you’ll even get used to it! Rich in protein and nutrients, insects are not only good for your health but can also be somewhat addicting…Why not try some out yourself?
Event Days：Every Tuesdays and Thursdays
＊Limited in Quantity. Please note that some items may become out of stock.
Other than creepy animals and events, visitors can also try out a virtual-reality experience. Feel as if you’re surrounded by a group of clawed frog with the “Five Sense”VR experience, and buy some souvenirs to remember the experience after!
It seems like this event is quite popular with all types of people, from families, to friends, couples, but mostly with adult women…Maybe it’s one of those things where once you go, you want to keep going back again? Pay these creepy animals a visit!
Tickets are 700 yen advanced-purchase and 800 yen at the door! For more details, please refer to the following link: http://kimoiten.jp/site_nagoya.html