I ran across Studio Shin Kai Ryuh's robotic creations at Design Festa 35 here in Tokyo last weekend. The studio's founder and designer has captured an imaginary under the sea kingdom complete in every detail, and has managed to bring many of the creatures to life using automation techniques. Design Festa, by the way, is a biannual gathering of artists and creators across all aspects of creative design. It's a endless buffet of inspiration and delight. I highly recommend that you experience it when you have the chance.