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Toilet!? Human Waste & Earth's Future

One month exhibition promises fun for the whole family

By Justin Velgus    - 2 min read
Venue: Sendai International Center Exhibition Hall When: Dec 11th - Jan 11th 2016, 10:00am - 5:30pm

Japan does it again. Turning the most vile of subjects into something cute, Sendai City hosts the 'Toilet!? Human Waste & Earth's Future' exhibit inside the International Center from 11 December 2015 to 11 January 2016.

Poo, scat, turd, excrement, dung, manure, fecal matter, discharge, and the classic "Number 2". We have so many words to describe unchi , as it is called in Japanese, but we rarely ponder the potential problems of poop and possibilities of poop processing. Finally the wait is over. Beyond the photo opportunities of children wearing adorable poop hats and the nation boasting of its latest toilet technology, there is serious education taking place at this special one month long event. The apocalypse has been predicted since the beginning of time, but could our world end because we cannot take care of our poo problem? With the world population estimated to hit 10 billion by the end of the century--with much of the growth in countries without adequete sewer treatment-- we might be in some deep doo-doo. Exhibitions include learning about different kinds of poop, technology and information that could save the world, and a giant toilet bowl slide.

Our Poop and the Future of the World first appeared as an exhibition in Tokyo with over 23,000 visitors. Will locals and visitors in Sendai harness the knowledge to save the environment from natural, yet unpleasant, human waste?

Leave the toilet seat up, the secrets of poop are being revealed!

  • Event period: 11 December 2015 to 11 January 2016 (closed 31 Dec.)
  • Time: 10:00~17:30
  • Location: Sendai International Center exhibition hall
  • Admission: Adult ¥1200, Children junior high school and younger ¥600

Getting there

Take the east-west subway line from Sendai Station to International Center Station (4 minutes). Then walk 1 minute to the International Center

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Justin Velgus

Justin Velgus @justin.velgus

Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and promoting sake overseas for the government of Fukushima. Justin now does tourism promotion in Sendai, the gyutan capital of the world.

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Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu 5 years ago
This is really interesting and educational. It's not a usual topic the general would bring up.
Martyn Bissett 5 years ago
I went to this last year, it was really interesting and fun... the giant toilet bowl slide, whilst wearing a unchi hat, was definitely a highlight :)
Victoria Vlisides 5 years ago
Wow. Alright then haha. Headline caught my eye.. lol