Walk through a giant body to discover everything there is to know at Grossology, the travelling body part show. Grossology, or the Secrets of the Body Adventure in Japanese (Karada no Himitsu Daibouken), is, hands down, the most engrossing exhibition we have ever been to. It is an interactive anatomy exhibition by American firm Advanced Animations brought to Japan by Kyorin pharmaceuticals. It has been thrilling children and adults alike in Honshu over the last five years. We were lucky enough to catch it when it was last in Saitama. Next stop, the East building of Toyama Technohall in the Tomosugi area of Toyama Prefecture.
You enter the exhibition through a giant inflated mouth and wind your way through the body. Eventually sliding out the rear, to put it as politely as possible, on a slide that exits a hole in the giant inflated bottom. Throughout your journey there are interactive displays about the body. The majority of the information is presented in Japanese, but thanks to the visual and self explanatory nature of the exhibits you can figure out how to use them without being able to read Japanese. Unfortunately though, you will miss out on the lesser known fascinating tidbits of information they provide.
The stages and displays of the exhibition include:
- Giant's Mouth
- The Nose Journey
- Nasal mucus
- Sneeze Shooter
- Barf Barf
- Burps and belches
- The Role of the Stomach
- Lifesize Operation game
- Zits, blisters, scabs climbing wall
- The Kidney Game
Each display has something different to offer, not only in terms of information, but activities too. If you are visiting Japan with children or indeed live in the area, this exhibition is definitely worth a visit. It is not only unique, but funny, entertaining and engaging. You will never look at body functions in the same light again!
Grossology will be on daily in Toyama Technohall from Sunday July 21st until August 12th. On weekdays the exhibition is on from 9.30 am to 5 pm and on weekends it stays open until 5.30 pm. Tickets cost 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children. Tickets are already on sale and are 200 yen cheaper if you buy them in advance.
By car: Five minutes drive from the Toyama Interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway. There are six car parks offering a total of (approximately) 800 car parking spaces.
By public transport: Fifteen minutes by taxi from JR Toyama station. You can also get a bus from the station, from bus stop number six. Toyama Technohall is only ten minutes on foot from Toyama Kitokito Airport, a small airport with mainly domestic flights, but there are some international flights too.
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I've been in Japan for 18 years and yet everyday is still an adventure. For the last 11 years I have been living in and blogging about Saitama Prefecture (on my personal blog insaitama.com), occasionally appearing on TV to promote the attractions of my adopted home in rural Saitama. Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. And of course Saitama is home to venues for both the Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.