This unusual venture was opened in 1953 by Satoru Kamegai, a doctor whose practice was overwhelmed by patients afflicted by parasites (caused by the poor sanitary conditions that were widespread in post-war Japan). The museum displays some 300 samples of 45,000 parasites he collected. The second floor has a display of an 8.8m (29ft) tapeworm taken from the body of a 40-year-old man, with a ribbon next to it showing you just how long 8.8m really is. Ugh. The shop sells parasites preserved in plastic keyrings: ideal gifts for your nearest and dearest. Entrance is free, but the museum encourages donations. Go ahead and drop your contribution into the clearly marked donation box.
|Venue name:||Meguro Parasitological Museum||Contact:|
4-1-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku
|Opening hours:||10am-5pm / closed Mon, Tue|
|Transport:||Meguro Station (Yamanote line), west exit|