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Old Nov 14, 2010, 3:40 AM   #1
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Default Back from Japan #1 - Meguro Parasyte Museum (not for the feint of heart)

I am back from my 2 weeks in Japan!

Both happy and sad to be back, was a long yet brilliant holiday, met some amazing people and saw some incredible sights.

Tried not to take too many generic temple photos, and have 15GB of cards to go through, so will update fairly regularly as I go through them.

First up is the Meguro Parasyte Museum, was one of the big things I wanted to see last time I went to Japan but didn't get the chance. It's basically a museum full of medical samples, photos of various diseases, really not for the squeamish.

Sadly the light was really dark in there for the illuminated test tubes, so photo's were pretty tricky unless you use really high ISO. I went for the middle ground, then just decided to make the images B&W and grainy, so I might as well have used ISO800+ and got more photo's... oh well...

There's more of the museum to go through, but thought I would make a start with these for now.


Turtle head in a jar with leeches infesting it's eyelids.


They had an awesome collection of turn of the century medical books, all hand drawn, just stunning.


Bit too noisy, but this is a dogs heart bursting with heart worms...


Some sort of fluke, forgot to take a photo of the label


Love the distortion from taking photo's of things in test tubes and specimen jars


More medical textbooks


Again, forgot to take a photo of the label, but my favourite image from the visit
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Old Nov 14, 2010, 11:37 AM   #2
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I guess it should not be surprising to find such a museum in a country where so many people eat raw fish - many (most?) of which are infested with parasites - a necessary education for them. No sushi, sashimi, or raw/rare meat of any kind for me - I have had too much education in parasitology in years back. Beef and pork inspections in this country have eliminated much of the threat (I don't think there is much or any inspection of fish), so knowledge of the subject has been lost, too. It is still taught in some colleges, but the only time parasitology is taught in American medical schools is after foreign wars, when troops come back infested - in times of peace, it gets crowded out of the curriculum, so many such infestations go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed in this country.

BTW the fourth photo is of tapeworms, not flukes.
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Thanks for the identification!

Yeah there was another guy at the hotel I was staying at who studied parasitology, he mention this as well, he said to get some raw pork, fish, whatever, soak it in Coke (or any other cola beverage for legal reasons) and watch all the things start crawling out of it.

Although I must say I did eat a variety of sashimi during my trip, and savored every mouthful...
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Well, if anyone has a weight problem, just take a course in parasitology, and you won't eat a thing for the first 6 weeks, until it finally dawns on you that if you made it that far, you probably will make it a while longer, so long as you are careful - then it becomes interesting. Their life cycles are fascinating. Besides, if meat is well enough cooked, the creepy crawlies in it are just a little more protein.
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I agree, I find things like this fascinating (hence visiting the museum)

On topic though, not happy with the noise in these photo's after looking at them again, added some for effect but think I went overboard, going to go in reverse and denoise them.
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Fascinating series, Tachi!
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Fascinating photos of a fascinating subject! I find the extra noise a very interesting effect, but maybe a little distracting...
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Thanks both!

Yeah going to re-do them when I get the chance, clean them up a bit, still have the 8GB SD card to go through first though... *shudders*
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