Random: See inside the real-life Animal Crossing: New Horizons Aquarium Stamp Rally

Image: Kate Gray

In 2021, Japan’s Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquarium held an Animal Crossing: New Horizons-related event that allowed visitors to participate in an actual stamp rally, just like in the game.

Obviously there was no hope that most of us could visit without already being in Japan, but luckily for us, an insider recorded some of the experience and posted it on TikTok, allowing us to live the dream vicariously!

The exhibit contained Animal Crossing-themed cards to fill in, as well as animal information plaques that featured museum/aquarium curator Blathers talking about each. And, of course, the aquarium gift shop was full of Animal Crossing-themed stuff, including (from the looks of things) some of the Japanese Gelato Pique X Animal Crossing items.

There were passports for each visitor, allowing you to fill in your own “photo” (this particular visitor seems to have drawn herself and her husband’s Animal Crossing characters) along with some basic details, just like the in-game passport.

There were ten stamps to collect in total, themed around Animal Crossing villagers: Molly, Lily, Octavian, Goldie, Peanut, Fauna, Curt, Aurora, Alfonso, and Rocco. There was apparently also a “special” stamp, which seems to be the whole band in one stamp.

The event took place between July 12 and August 31, 2021, but it might return this year following renewed interest in Animal Crossing after the massive fall 2021 update. And maybe , perhaps it might come somewhere near our house… But we’d probably have better luck going to a random aquarium and talking in Animalese all the time.

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