The first of eight sections taught us all about the shape, smell, and color of our unchi (poop)....how bad food decreases the amount produced; how your environment, stress level, and daily activities can age your intestine; what your poop is made of (in case you were wondering 80% water, 10% intestinal mucosa, 10% food waste); and, what the color means. We were also informed about the importance of washing your hands after going potty, what to do if your unchi falls on the floor (I can't make this stuff up!), and how viruses can be passed along if you don't wipe properly.
Garytt cracked me up here...he kept looking at that pile of poop. Probably trying to decide if it was real. Then, he worked up his bravery (some might say another word here) and did a lightening fast touch. Shew...not real!
We walked around the corner and the kids were able to form their own model unchi out of clay and then place them in a Japanese benjo.
|Garytt's model poo|
Mackenzie making her unchi and watching a strange (and, I use that term loosely here considering this whole experience is way off the normal meter)...a strange movie with dancing and fighting poops set to music.
Section three...where does the poop go? Also known as OUR FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY! We walked down a hall where we were able to see the evolution of "going potty", from squatting out in the open, to squatting in a more secluded room, to using chamber pots, and all the way to the modern toilet, which we all got to experience for ourselves! We all donned our poop hats, climbed up the ladder to the giant toilet, then WEEEEEEEEEE....into the can we went!!!!
|Checking out books on poop problems.|
Last thing in the exhibit was a cute toilet song...where the toilets actually sing to us!
If you're still reading this mess at this point, bravo! Thanks for taking this trip along with us through the intestines and into the benjo! And, remember....
Oh, and just in case anyone wants to take a piece of poop home with you...poop shaped lollipops!
Our train ride home was pretty neat. The kids were able to get seats all the way at the back of the train as we went over the Rainbow Bridge. We've seen the train several times as we've driven into Tokyo, and today we were able to get a beautiful view of the city and the structure of this spectacular bridge.
I have to say, this was probably one of the most fun trips we have been on since we've been here. We had many laughs, learned a little (maybe more than we wanted), and made fabulous new friends! And, to end the day...we probably had the most inappropriate dinner talk that will ever be allowed in this house!