Meguro Parasitological Museum
Since there are many researchers in Tsukuba (some even in the field of Medical Science, perhaps?), I thought this museum will get the attention of many TsukuBlog readers.
Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館 or Meguro Kisei-chuu kan) is the only museum in the world that is dedicated to parasites.
The Meguro Parasitological Museum is a research facility that was established in 1953 by the private funds of Satoru Kamegai (1909-2002), a Doctor of Medical Science. Since its establishment, the Museum has achieved substantial success owing to the help of volunteers in the private sector as well as the assistance of the government, in addition to the support of the academic establishment. The parasite-related materials and specimens held by the museum along with the museum’s research and publication activities allow the museum to pride itself as one of the most distinguished museums in the world.
I’ve never been there (yet!), but I first learned about this place when my friend e-mailed me an image of T-shirt with a picture of a tapeworm on it many years ago. Apparently, the popularity of that T-shirt and other T-shirts and products with tapeworm and other parasite designs is catching on.
It’s a bit early, but if you are already looking for souvenirs to take home during the summer break, the things you can buy in this museum will definitely leave lasting impressions…, good or bad.
T-shirts 1900 Yen – 3300Yen
You can get UNIQUE T-shirts at the shop.
Over 10 types T-shirts are sold and available sizes are depends on designs.
Above all, the best number is a black shirt with a “raised” tapeworm across the front. You can feel it!
Bag, Cellular phone strap, Key chain, Pen, Postcard, Ruler, Sticker etc… Can you believe that a real parasite (Anisakis) is sealed in the key chain? It is the best seller of all. Also the ruler which is printed cute cartoon parasites is quite popular souvenir at the shop.
This museum is only a 15-minute walk from the JR Yamanote Meguro Station, and the admission is free (they accept donations).