Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomed its 30 millionth visitor, Naohiro Tashiro (left), and his friend Chisato Mizuta.

October 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomed Naohiro Tashiro as its 30 millionth visitor. Visiting the aquarium for the first time with his girlfriend Chisato Mizuta from Tokyo, he received a commemorative certificate and gift from curator Hirokazu Miyahara. Tashiro said, “I’m happy to be here on the day this is being commemorated and I would like to come again on our honeymoon.” At the ceremony many other visitors congratulated the couple for their good luck.

The aquarium was opened in November 2002, with the total number of visitors reaching 30 million in the 11 years since then. For the past few years, about 2.8 million people have visited the aquarium each year.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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