As stormy waters gather near Kyushu a group of marine students from the nearby National Fisheries University discover a rare Ryugu-no-tsukai, or giant Oarfish, then promptly eat it. In some small way devouring their rare find makes sense. As the national obon holiday approaches — a chance for families to remember past relatives — a rare find such as this connects the present with the past, people with the fathomless sea, treating an extraordinary sight as an everyday occurrence. At Chiba City's Museum of Art,
“Summer Vacation at a Certain Museum” is just that; a museum caught between the everyday and the extraordinary, at a time that’s a little different from normal — a time for smaller, more special experiences.