Parasite Brain

October 20, 2008

G is surprisingly squeamish, which is why I almost had to drag him to the Meguro Parasitological Museum. It’s one of my favorite free museums in Tokyo, and the only of its kind in the world. The centerpiece of their collection is an 8-meter long tapeworm taken from the belly of a man who ate some trout sashimi. (You’ll want to cook those fresh water fish very, very well.) All of the specimens float in glass tubes with a cobalt-colored wall behind, and seem to be displayed, as a newspaper clipping on the wall noted, “with an unapologetic glee.” As the article also noted: Damien Hirst has nothing on the Parasite Museum– nature itself can be gorgeously disturbing enough.


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