Nagoya-City Oasis 21 / Sakae
Oasis 21, An Oasis in the Heart Nagoya City
At first glance it appears that the Spaceship Enterprise from Star Trek has landed in Aichi Prefecture’s capital, Nagoya! However, it isn’t the Spaceship Enterprise, it’s the Spaceship Aqua, a 14m high glass and steel pipe architectural marvel supporting a shallow pool containing some 15 tons of water over the Oasis 21 venue, Nagoya’s popular sightseeing spot, shopping venue, eating location and event site.
Situated between Nagoya’s iconic TV Tower, the huge NHK building and the Aichi Arts Center, Spaceship Aqua is just the upper level of Nagoya’s landmark Oasis 21 complex, a futuristic site accommodating over 30 specialty shops and restaurants surrounding the semi underground “Galaxy Platform” a popular events space located directly under the huge oval shaped dish above. At night, the Oasis 21 site is lit up in an ever-changing colorful light show, attracting photographers and romantic couples like moths to a flame.