Towards the end of the year, it is bonenkai season in Japan, which means that you go out with friends and coworkers to celebrate the last year. It usually goes along with heavy drinking (especially the company-funded dinners), but it doesn’t have to.

The other day I met some friends for lunch, and afterwards we went on a stroll through the inner city. Quite unexpectedly, we came across this:

a private aquariumThis aquarium is located on the ground floor of an otherwise uninteresting office building, right next to the entrance of a large dyeing company. One of my friends said that the owner just loves those fish, and that they are very rare and expensive – especially the large white one with the crocodile snout in the back.

Isn’t Kyoto amazing?