Japan Trumps World With Eel-Powered Christmas Tree

Travel News — By spencerspellman on December 21, 2010 at 10:45 am

Japan may have just trumped everyone this holiday season with a new, unique way to power your Christmas decorations.

As Weird Asia News reports, Japan has developed a unique, yet eco-friendly way to power your Christmas tree this year. No, it isn’t by using fluorescent lightbulbs or recycled plugs. This Christmas tree takes “live exhibit” to a new level, as it uses an electric eel to power the tree. You can see a video of the eel at work below.


The electric eel-powered Christmas tree is an exhibit at the Enoshima Aquarium in Kamakura, Japan. With 800 watts of electricity at its disposal, every time the eel moves, it lights up the tree. As you can imagine, the tree doesn’t feature continuous lights, but periodical flashes of light. This isn’t the only environmentally-friendly exhibit at the aquarium. During the holidays, it also features a robotic Santa Claus, which is powered by the movement of other people. When visitors step on the pad, it causes the robotic exhibit to start moving. While we do advocate for being eco-friendly, if you want to top your neighbors for best decorated house, we don’t recommend buying a stock of electric eels to do so.

[Photo courtesy of Salon Nowojorski]

Tags: carbon footprint, eel powered christmas tree, holidays, Japan, weird asia news

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