The Unko Museum is anything but crappy

ByJason Gatewood
May 29, 2019

The Unko Museum is anything but crappy

We knew it was bound to happen eventually; Japan is home to the first restroom-themed restaurant, our toilet technology is talked about and adored far and wide, and we even invented this 💩 emoji. So, of course, Japan should be the first to have a museum dedicated to all things doo-doo. If you’re hankering to know all about Mr. Hanky, then head over to the Unko Museum in Yokohama and brace yourself!

Located next to Yokohama’s East exit in ASOBUILD, a new entertainment complex the was used to be part of the large post office building, the Unko Museum kicks off what will be a long line of interactive exhibitions in the space. As you can probably guess, unko means poop in Japanese, but don’t worry because you’ll never forget it after leaving here!

Un-teractive Un-telligence

The museum offers plenty of hands-on exhibits and spaces to learn about and, yes, even play with digital poo. Learn about how humanity has dealt with cleaning up after its #2s since the beginnings of time. There’s also an area where you can learn about unko in modern times – poop pop culture – and see everything from books to toys that are inspired by or deal with dookey as an art form.

Un-stagrammable

A large part of the venue is dedicated to creating spaces where you can get it on the ‘gram and show your friends you’ve spent a totally crappy day at the Unko Museum. From floating pastel swirly poops to interactive floaties in a giant toilet held by Unberto, the poopy mascot, you can impress/gross out your followers with your own take on the exhibit.

Smooth Move

The temporary interactive excrement exhibition is only around until July 15, 2019, but the venue at ASOBUILD plans on hosting many more pop-up (poop-out?) attractions to come. Currently, the complex is also playing host to Japan’s largest handmade-experience providing crafting workshops for pottery, leather accessories and more and also a VR exhibit of Akihiro Nishino’s popular illustrated storybook Poupelle of Chimney Town.

Access

https://ale-box.com/unkomuseum
Takashima 2-14-9, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Yohohama Station
Open Weekdays 11am-8pm, Weekends 11am-8pm (last entry 30 minutes before close)
Tickets: ¥1,600, Kids 6-12 ¥900, 5 and younger are free. The exhibition ends on July 15, 2019.

Images via https://ale-box.com/unkomuseum/

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Our Tokyo based collaborator is a tech nerd, Japanophile, train nut, and a veritable fountain of information on Japan. His current goal is to watch Evangelion and actually "get it", sing every permutation of "Hotel California" at any karaoke gathering, ride every bullet train line, and sample all varieties of ramen throughout Japan. Catch more of his musings at · http://jlgatewood.com