Monday, March 03, 2008

Last weekend, I went to the Parasite Museum in Meguro. Here there are about 300 different parasites taken from animals and humans. There are also some quite disturbing pictures.

One of the most interesting exhibits is an 8 metre long tapeworm (Diphyllobothorium nihonkaiense) which was found in the belly of a middle aged man after eating sushi. You can see it
here. There is also an interactive map which shows you where you can get parasites in different parts of Japan.

You can see the photos

There is also a souvenir shop where you can buy parasite t-shirts and key rings with real parasites in them if it takes your fancy.

The official site for the parasite museum is
here. My favourite bit is the parasite of the month section.

After this I went to see the Monet exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno. Monet is one of my favourite impressionist painters and some of his greatest works were on display.

This website has lots of paintings by Monet as well as a biography. Click