Where should I go this time, I pondered. Ah, yes, a museum! A place of enlightenment and high-brow musing. So I headed down to the Unko Museum in Yokohama. Yep, The Museum of Poo.
Expecting an interesting history of toilets, feces and dietary trivia, I was slightly deflated to spend 1700 yen on a fluffy, colourful selection of rooms where the only thing to do really is take photos and then make good your escape. For the kids, it’s probably more fun as there is a ball pit where you can play, but it’s quite small and probably has an inch of sweat at the bottom. Well, that was the case in the only ball pool I’ve been to, down in Bognor Regis with my brother & grandparents.
“Mum, my socks are getting wet…”
I walked in via the front of the building, asking if the Unko Museum was in there. Yes, on the 2nd floor, came the answer by the young lady manning the entrance. Went up to 2nd floor and went to a reception-type desk area. Tickets are sold downstairs, I was told. <sigh> So I went downstairs, bought my ticket and headed back up. I waltzed past that reception-y desk, smiling at the girl there, and she smiled back. Got in the queue and another staff member came up to me, asking for my ticket. I showed her. She informed me I had to give it to the girl at that reception-esque place, the one who had told me to go downstairs and get a ticket, and then had smiled at me when I came back up, but said nothing as I walked by. Throw me a friggin’ bone here!
“It vexes me!”
Finally got in and we sat down on toilets, and were told to mime taking a dump…
When you have stood up, there is a plastic poo in the toilet. A truly magnificent gift!
You move on through the (very) limited number of rooms then, enjoying the interesting ways people try and make the concept of your feces an entertaining one.
Colourful Poo, Flying Poo, The Princess and the Poo, Lover’s Unko Room… Remember this cost 1700 for an adult. Kids are 900 yen.
“That’s a lot of crap!”
I decided to forego shouting “Unko”. Maybe I missed out on some solid fun there… Also, gave the poo-hopping game a pass as I didn’t really understand the rules. And then almost walked into a mirror in the whatever-that-room-was.
And there was also a neon display of unko in various languages. Essential for any hard-core traveller!
I reckon I was somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes when I arrived at the exit and found the message below. Classy!
See me again?!
“I think not.”
I did purchase an Unko calendar so will slip that in with the prize on a future competition. Please remember to follow Buckmaster Books on Facebook for the monthly competition. Prizes range from “Wow!” to “Woh!” to “wtf!?”.
And “Ragnekai Winds” Kindle edition is FREE on Amazon till tomorrow (Friday 19th, US time zone, maybe pacific, not sure – sorry!).
Fare well ye noble folks! Game of Thrones is back so I am a happy lad. That is until they start offing all the best characters in grisly fashion. Ser Davos for the Iron Throne! Hmm, serious prediction is no-one will sit the Iron Throne as all will be dead or not really bothered with ruling a ruined realm.
And just a quick last one for you all. Please listen to this beautiful piece by Omnia.