The Unko Museum in Yokohama is the latest of the weird and unusual centers dedicated to weird and unusual things. There’s no easy way to say this, so let’s get to it: the Unko Museum in Yokohama, Japan, is dedicated to poop. Not actual poop, though, so don’t get your hopes up. It’s a pop-up museum, a temporary attraction that was set up in March 15 and will remain open until July 15.
Fortunately, there is no actual poop there. There are pastel-colored emoji-shaped piles of poop, the kind that look like ice cream. And the museum even has its own mascot, a walking poop going around with its own toilet.
@kim_kiraraThe Unko Museum is divided into three segments, each with its own theme and all named after the Japanese word for poop: “unko.” The three sections are called ‘un’teractive, ‘un’sta-genic and ‘un’telligence. This is mostly a museum for kids to play in ball pits and giant poop sculptures in the middle of the rooms. It even features unko-shaped seats where parents can watch their kids.
As you can imagine, the museum’s floors and walls are filled with multi-colored swirly poops that vary in size, which make for the perfect opportunity if you’re a die-hard Instagrammer. Picture a bunch of poop in pastel pink. Don’t miss the chance to be the s***t on Instagram. Also, don’t miss the many art pieces based on unko, and while you’re there, why not buy a bunch of poop-inspired souvenirs for your friends?
@kim_kiraraThe swirly poop icon, found all over pop culture (internet emojis and icons, manga, modern cartoons and even the second season of American Vandal) traces its origins back to 1984.
@turdburglar “Dr. Slump,” a manga series, featured a life-size poop called Poop-Boy who could talk. This is, at least, what most people associate the poop image with in Japan.
What’s even more fascinating about this is that the opening of the poop museum actually coincides with the cherry blossoming all around Japan. So, even if you get tired of a crappy trip to Yokohama, at least you’ll be able to witness a beautiful and traditional Japanese sight.
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