Japanese Poop Museum

Warning: This post may not be suitable for adults.

Today’s Word Of The Day is うんち (unchi). That’s Japanese for poop.

Last weekend, my wife and I went to the Confectionary Exposition in Himeji, and on the way back to the car we saw this sign:

Japanese Poop Museum

Here is what the sign says:

Everybody come and play! Come and look! We have poop books!

Rabbit: It’s shit time!

Gorilla: Come and see my shit too!

Elephant: Animal shit is here yo!

See it. Touch it! Smell it! Explore!

Can you guess what animals made this shit? (3 pictures)

Himeji Museum Of Literature, Special Exhibit. April 1st-May 18th

Naturally we couldn’t resist.

We paid our way into the little exhibit. On the walls around the room were little pictures of animals doing the deed:

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Then you get to see the real stuff up close, displayed in cute little boxes as if they were Easter treats. You are free to look, handle and sniff to your heart’s content. Can you guess which animals this shit belongs to? (Answers below):

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Answers: Zebra shit, Addax shit, Hippo Shit, Giraffe Shit, Elephant Shit.

Excretory Literature

But that’s not even the main attraction! This is the Himeji Museum of Literature. What would this exhibit be without books about poop?

Japanese Poop Books

Book Made Out Of Shit

The paper of this book was made from elephant dung:
Japanese Poop Book

Unchi Restaurant

This book, titled “Unchi Restaurant” is about a bug that eats dung (warning: plot spoilers ahead):
Unchi Restaurant

Unchi Restaurant

Trans: Eww.. What’s that smell?

Unchi Restaurant

Trans: It’s shit!

Unchi Restaurant

Trans: Munch, munch.

Excretory System

Japanese Poop Books

Trans: When you eat breakfast your belly starts to move, and your poop starts to move too.

Poop1: I’m getting pushed out!
Poop2: Here I come!

Shit Professor

Japanese Poop Books

Trans: I am the Shit Professor. I know everything there is to know about shit!

Nasty Fish

Japanese Poop Books

Trans: Fish: Delicious!

Eh? Shit is delicious?

Yes. Shit is delicious food.

The hippo takes a dump and then these little fish eat it, chasing after the hippo’s butt.

End Of The Japanese Poop Exhibit

Finally, after enjoying the literature, you can take a picture at this special cut-out to take home as a souvenir:
Japanese Poop Books

If you want to see it first-hand, the exhibit is open until May 18th, 2008 at the Himeji City Museum of Literature. It is well worth it.

Himeji City Museum of Literature Info (Japanese)

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38 Comment(s)

  1. You made me look up what an Addax is, I’d never heard of it before now.

    peter | May 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. @peter: You might not hear of them ever again. They are endangered!

    thomas | May 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. Holy…poop.

    Max | May 9, 2008 | Reply

  4. I am very sad that I will not get a chance to visit this myself!

    Goddess Carlie | May 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. I think a lot of the kids I’ve taught have each started his or her own booger museum.

    billywest | May 10, 2008 | Reply

  6. Wow that’s cool !

    Stéfan | May 10, 2008 | Reply

  7. I aggree asoon as i saw this i was like wish i was going! lol

    Lucy | May 20, 2008 | Reply

  8. I loved the article on the Japanese Poop Museum! It was awesome, I just wish that I could have been there to see the exhibit in person.

    DeAndree | Jul 9, 2008 | Reply

  9. I would go but I definately would’t be sniffing after all it’s poop!

    kim | Jul 9, 2008 | Reply

  10. I bought some lucky poop in Japan ten years ago. It was a little shiny bronze colored fake blob with a happy face on a little card. My Japanese friend said you give it to somebody to give them good luck in pooping. Don’t we all need good luck in pooping?

    Jana | Jul 9, 2008 | Reply

  11. that is so gross, but funny at the same time!

    winx717 | Jul 9, 2008 | Reply

  12. you’ve GOT to be shittin me….

    Dungie | Jul 9, 2008 | Reply

  13. I think thats sick!!

    Tina | Jul 9, 2008 | Reply

  14. W.T.F. ?????!!!!!!

    Todd | Jul 9, 2008 | Reply

  15. You gotta be shittin’ me….someone would actually pay tp handle shit? I have a dog you can take out to poo for free.

    KJ | Jul 9, 2008 | Reply

  16. Sometimes my poop forms letters &/or numbers. lol. Often, when I have a great day my doo come out in 2.

    Dominic | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  17. lmao.
    who desided to invent this?
    what’s wrong with people these days?

    Brittnie | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  18. I want some luckii shit!!

    ME | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  19. This is probably the most retard/crazy/hilarious museum I’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    kat | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  20. Wow.
    This is so crazy.
    Can you hire people from Japan to go pick up my dog’s crap?
    Who would PAY to handle somethings crap…i can answer that!…Janpenese people!!
    They HAVE to be crazy!

    Brittnie | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  21. Damn gross Japs.

    chicken poop penis | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  22. Very Kewl!!!!
    and a healthy educational exhibit!!
    Thumbs Up!
    And an extra wipe for you!

    tex | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  23. I can just picture the meeting where they came up with this… “What should our next museum be about?” “I don’t know, we’ve done just about everything….hmmmmmm, I know! What about Poop?” …
    It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “brain fart”!

    Bob | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  24. You know we Americans would find this gross but I gues that is also why our AIDS rate is so high, along with obesity, cancers, and other communicable and degenerative diseases. We live in a country which will display beaver shots of celebs but hesitate to promote safe sex on a TV show. Our insecurities about important health information will be our down fall. We laud teen celebs getting pregnant, and then complain about the 9.5 billion dollars we spend yearly on care for single teen mothers. I wonder what the HIV transmission rate is in Japan or their policies on evironmental conservation. But I guess my American short sightedness will keep me from asking those questions. So I will turn on my TIVO, and watch reruns of reality T.V. in my house built on toxic waste; and grow a tumor. Then I can achieve my aspirations of becoming the next YOUTube star with my vetrilaquist act “Gee-Dubya, the talking Tumor.”

    Roberto | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  25. LOVED it! I actually know people who think farting and pooping is hysterical! I’m going to forward this to them…it will make their year! What will the Ja’poop’nese think of next? ROTFALMAO !!

    NS Lester | Jul 10, 2008 | Reply

  26. Shit Happens

    Ashleyley | Jul 11, 2008 | Reply

  27. What’s more disgusting, the fact that a museum dedicated to shit exists, or that in the wealthiest country in the world, we are bombarded by an overwhelming majority of illiterates with computers?

    Lucy writes: “I aggree asoon as i saw this i was like wish i was going! lol”

    Nice going, sweety. I do not *agree* with you about the extra “g”. By the way, “asoon” is not a recognized contraction. You will have to cope with the formal “as soon” format, I’m afraid. The “was like wish i was going” makes me realized that I do *NOT* “like wish i was going” to her school. I particularly enjoyed the lower-case “i” to describe herself. I guess Lucy is secrectly Ziggy in drag. Lastly, it’s “wish I were going”, although that one’s a tad more subtle than your other butcheries of the language. Lucy/Ziggy ices the cake with the preposterously overused cliche “lol”. You may be laughing out loud, but we’re weeping on the inside.

    Kim scribbles: I would go but I definately would’t be sniffing after all it’s poop!

    Well, goody for you Kim! You won’t be doing any sniffing. That’s a brave and bold stance to take. You really took us out there on that limb with such a radical notion. Your irreverance reminds me of the ’60s. Of course, we all know that you’re a liar, and that you’ll be doing most of the sniffing, or else you’d not have felt the need to inform us of your olfactory preferences. You know you’re a shit sniffer. I know you’re a shit sniffer. We all know you’re a shit sniffer. On the technical side, it’s definitely “definitely”, there’s an “n” in “wouldn’t”, and you should insert a period after “sniffing”. Frankly, you should probably punctuate it with a question mark, since its validity is so uncertain.

    Brittnie, who may actually be misspelling her own name, types this mess: lmao. wow. who desided to invent this? ugh. *~*SIGHS*~*
    what’s wrong with people these days?
    She runs the full gamut of her shallow emotional repertoire. She laughs, irks, sighs, then questions, all in the span of 12 seconds. In addition to re-entering the fifth grade, perhaps she may well “deside” to ingest some kind of mood stabilizer. Lithium comes to mind.

    Kat attempts to use “retard” as an adjective. It’s either a noun, or a verb. Unless you’re Borat, you’re simply not going to be able to use this tense in that context, unless you’re actually soliciting derision. Example: It is you that is the retard, Kat.

    Grant | Jul 18, 2008 | Reply

  28. Heh. Your derision makes me more ashamed for humanity than their errors. I have no idea whether they’re even native speakers of any dialect of English. You, however, proclaim your nationality and then proceed to unleash a torrent of pointless vitriol on the unsuspecting.

    I mean, come on… “shallow emotional repertoire”? It’s so comically inappropriate. Equal parts pretentious and douchebagtastic.

    We could devote a museum to your character flaws, sure, but maybe others around you aren’t like you. You know, the type of person who derives pleasure from ridiculing others.

    The internet makes it so easy to be a pedant and a coward at the same time. Well, thank God for that!

    rekkir | Jul 20, 2008 | Reply

  29. Oh for God’s sake, lighten up “rekkir”, whatever the hell a rekkir is. Nice try on the whole “English may not be their native language” thing, except to say that perhaps these dopes don’t have a native language at all. I’m sure that Bosnia and Rwanda are just chock full of “Brittnie”s, who are invariably excelling in their studies. You mention my allegedly “pointless vitriol”, but getting pseudo-chivalrous jokes like you to respond with the trite “you must be flawed to enjoy ridiculing others” rhetoric is EXACTLY the point. Dance, puppet, dance. Your originality of thought is only surpassed by the transparency of your motives.

    Grant | Jul 23, 2008 | Reply

  30. I would have gone to that exhibit, but I heard it was shit!


    Muhammad-Oli | Jul 27, 2008 | Reply

  31. I love Japan more and more every day.

    Lazy Iguana | Sep 29, 2008 | Reply

  32. We Japanese love poop! We even have golden poops for souveniors. It’s a pun and means “if you have it, you’ll get a luck.” Don’t warry it’s not real.

    MocA | Nov 6, 2008 | Reply

  33. “makes me realized” lol seems you need some lessons in spelling as well ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Fonda | Dec 29, 2008 | Reply

    suck on my twat

    poop master | Dec 30, 2008 | Reply

  35. this is the syinkiest museum ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    whitney and alli | Mar 6, 2009 | Reply

  36. grant, you are a horrible person who thinks he’s clever. you disgust me more than poop. and if you’re happy you got a reaction out of me (and rekkir. but no one else for that matter) so be it. but just know, you are shit.

    anonymous girl | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  37. Ahhhhh! I can’t believe I just read this! Too much fun.

    Aaron | Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

  38. People collect Dinosaur and some, whale poop which is illegal to sell. A certain whale thats under protection, its poop is priceless and used in perfume.

    Rebecca | Jan 13, 2012 | Reply

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