Art & Culture

‘Aquascapist’ Takashi Amano in town

A photographer, designer and aquarist, Amano is also the creator of the Japanese company Aqua Design Amano

When it comes to aquarium art, Takashi Amano is the name to reckon with worldwide. A photographer, designer and aquarist, Amana is also the creator of the Japanese company Aqua Design Amano. Talk freshwater aqua scaping and Amano is bound to be the man in discussion. Come July 5th and Bangaloreans get an opportunity to meet Takashi Amano at the NIMHANS centre. Titled Aquatika 2009, several talks and discussions pertaining to aquarium hobbyists will take place. Mr. Amano will also judge the Indian Rockstar - Iwagumi Contest in which the 6 finalists will carry out a live tank design and set-up and compete for the 1.5 Lakh Rupees prize value.

Takashi Amano is one of the most influential people in the freshwater aquascaping community. He can largely be credited with introducing Japanese gardening concepts such as Wabi-sabi and Zen rock arrangement to the aquascaping hobby. His tank compositions involve intricate and typically asymmetrical arrangements of aquatic plants often augmented by river rocks and driftwood. His aquascapes often mimic nature in their appearance, and is largely regarded as a form of art. Amano can also be credited with popularizing the use of Glossostigma elatinoides and Riccia fluitans in aquascaping and the use of shrimp as a means of controlling the growth of algae. A species of freshwater shrimp is named the “Amano shrimp” or "Yamato shrimp" after him. After discovering this species' ability to eat large quantities of algae, Amano asked a local distributor to special order several thousand of them. They have since become a staple in the freshwater planted aquarium hobby. He has also developed a line of aquarium components that are known as ADA, and his “Nature Aquarium” article series appears monthly in Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine in the U.S.

For those wondering who an aquascapist is, an aquascapist uses an aquarium as his canvas and driftwood, rocks and aquatic plants as his colors to bring a vibrant piece of nature into his home. The blending of his observations in nature and replicating the very same tranquil setting within the confines of a small aquarium is what makes aquascaping a unique art.

For those who like aquariums, enjoy design or photography and are environmentally conscious this would be a great opportunity to participate and meet other like minded enthusiasts from all over India. It is estimated that there are over 1 million aquarium enthusiasts in India. Apart from presentations, Mr.Amano will be conducting a Live Demo. He will design and set up a Signature Amano Nature Aquarium at the session. The schedule of the session is as follows.

8.00-9.00AM Arrival, Receive Registration Packet, meet fellow hobbyists.
9.00 AM Grand welcome & introduction for Mr.Amano.


Mr. Amano’s presentation—Drawing Inspiration from Nature for Aquascaping.
11.30-11.45 AM Tea Break
11.45 AM -12.30 PM IAH, ASK, aquarium hobbyists from different regions speak briefly.
12.30-1.00 PM Interact with fellow hobbyists and browse sponsor booths.
1.00-2.00 PM Lunch
2.00-4.00 PM Mr.Amano conducts a Live Demo--designs and sets up a Signature Amano Nature Aquarium.
4.00-4.15 PM Tea break
4.15-5.30 PM Mr.Amano completes tank set-up.
5.30-6.30 PM Open Forum, Q&A with Mr.Amano and ADA team.
6.30-6.45 PM Vote of thanks to Mr.Amano

Day 3 - July 6th, 2009 (Invitation Only)  
Bangalore sight seeing for foreign visitors.  
Day 4 - July 7th, 2009 (Invitation Only)  
Field trip with Mr. Takashi Amano to study the natural resource of Indian biotopes and Karnataka heritage spots.  
Note: Schedule for all dates subject to change.
Date: July 5, 2009

Venue: NIMHANS Convention Hall, Bangalore. (Near Dairy Circle)
Time: 9:00 am to 7.00 pm

Registration Details:  or call Ms.Reshma 91-98440-09979 
Tags: Bangalore, Aquascapist, takashi amano, NIMHANS Convention Hall, Dairy Circle, aquascaping


Anand Balaji Apr 28th, 2010 10:11 PM

This sounds exciting!

pritam Jul 04th, 2009 11:35 PM

hi can anybody guide me if there will be any entry fee for this aquascaping event. if yes, then how much would it be. Pls let me know ASAP

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