One museum in Tokyo, which looks terrifying, is dedicated to analyzing and studying parasites, having a lot of creepy and horrible crawlies displayed in front of the visitors. The Meguro Parasitological Museum is probably the most thrilling and frightening place in entire Tokyo – it is surely not something which you would expect to see in the leafy and residential district of the city.
It is a strange museum, and it is a unique spot in the entire world devoted to life parasites. Although it is far away from the center of the city, it is a famous tourist attraction and destination and within travelers that want to visit something unordinary, or the ones that are interested in these dangerous and creepy organisms.
The Museum Space
Dr. Satoru Kamegai founded this museum in 1953. He has the intention to educate its visitors about the different types of parasites, and the cycles of their lives. The research library of this space contains about 60,000 parasites samples. It also includes 50,000 papers, as well as 6,000 books that are concerned about parasitology.
The floor of this two-story place is showing maps outlining the regions of the country where the parasite lives. Furthermore, there are some glass cases that display the different breeds which can infect the animals.
However, upstairs, things are much personal. The floor is devoted to parasites that infect us – humans. Some awful pictures show humans living with some parasites in them. They have parts of their bodies deformed and enlarged. Those creatures are eating them alive.
However, the specimens from reality are even worse than the ones shown in the pictures; some displays present some preserved parasites which pop out of the animal.
However, the most disgusting thing to see is the tapeworm which breaks all records. It measures 8.8 meters or 28.9 foot, which is almost as big as a London bus – actually, this is the largest one in the entire world, and it is displayed on a rope which has the same size as it so that those that visit the museum can even have a physical sense and feel of its huge size.
Now let’s play a little game, shall we?
Pictures credit: Guilhem Vellut