The Parasitological Museum of Meguro
It’s not the best place to take a date, nor would you want to visit after eating a large meal, but Meguro’s Parasitological Museum makes a wonderful excursion for when you… I mean, it’s fun if you’re in the mood for… Or, it’s interesting for those who… You know, I’m drawing a blank. I can’t think of a single non-creepy reason to visit the Parasaitological Museum. Unless you’re a professional parasitologist. (Even then, the fact that this is your profession is creepy. Like, what happened during your childhood? And: please keep your distance).
We had spent the morning viewing cherry blossoms along the Meguro River. So lovely! And then we had eaten a large meal of udon noodles. Mmm… those were good! And minutes later, I’m in front of a huge formaldehyde jar containing a 24-foot tapeworm. And now, the questions start. What are we doing here? Why are there so many other people here? What, is that an engorged tick? What’s that tickling in my stomach? Oh god, what happened to that poor fish? Can I be entirely certain all of those were udon noodles?
This is one of the most horrifying museums I’ve ever visited. Horrifying and fascinating. Privately founded in 1954 by a doctor, Meguro’s is the only Parasitological Museum in the world, with over 300 disgusting little (and not-so-little) specimens on display. None still alive, thankfully. The focus is on human parasites, with information about their life-cycle, reproduction methods and habitats. Very little of the exhibits have English translations, but I wasn’t the slightest bit disappointed by this. Seeing the worms that have crawled into our bodies is bad enough, without detailed descriptions of what they’re doing to us.
-We also visited this strange museum: The Phallological Museum In Iceland
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May 15, 2014 at 8:07 am