Japanese museum cleans up poop's image with colourful exhibition

A visitor jumps to pose for a photo behind a display at the the Unko (poop) themed museum in Yokohama, Japan, on April 17, 2019.
A visitor jumps to pose for a photo behind a display at the the Unko (poop) themed museum in Yokohama, Japan, on April 17, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - A museum in Japan says it is trying to de-stigmatise faeces with what it calls the world's first exhibition of cute and colourful poop.

The roughly 1,000 visitors who come each day to the Unko (poop) themed museum in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, are encouraged to share pictures of exhibits on social media and to shout "unko" into a microphone.

"Generally, poop has a negative impression as dirty and stinky," said Ms Ayami Tashiro, a spokesman for Akatsuki, the company that organised the show.

"We thought we can offer entertainment that no one has experienced before."

Visitors can buy poop-shaped trinkets, and there is a wall for them to draw their own poop.

"Poop had negative impression to me, but these cute images have changed turned into a good impression," Aya Kumazawa, one of the visitors said.

No real poop was used to create the pop art exhibit, the organiser said.

The four-month show runs until July, with adult visitors charged 1,600 yen (S$19). Children, who are also encouraged to visit, pay 900 yen.