Tokyo Sewage Museum: More than Crap ★ ONLY in JAPAN #52

Tokyo Sewage Museum: More than Crap ★ ONLY in JAPAN #52


This time Joseph and I are in Kodaira City, Tokyo for an adventure that will take us to the depths of the city The museum of sewage, or Fureai Gesuido Kan Previously, Joseph and I visited the ToTo Toilet museum in Shinjuku to see the technology that goes into the front end of Tokyo’s sewage Comfort, style and amazing tech features are all part of the amazing Japanese toilet experience. Now, it’s time to see the back end of that. and we’ve come here for the rear view of it. Get ready to dive in deep Th museum is open from 9 am to 5pm and it’s free. and amazingly clean well, for a sewage museum. Most of it is underground I changed into something more comfortable and met Joseph 3 floors down -So this is the museum of…
-sewage Sewage? Oh my god, yuck You always bring me to the greatest places I mean, this is why you’re wearing this? Of course, I knew I was coming to the Tokyo Museum of Sewage But don’t worry, you don’t have to dress up like me, or wear a helmet and such you can come as you are, which is a great thing about this experience You know last time I seem to remember you took me to a toilet museum, right? After you flush, you don’t really think where it goes so this is the logical next step The next step This is the evolution in the toilet experience Wow, I don’t know how I got involved in this. But you’re going to have alot of fun. Trust me buddy, come on! There’s a lot to see A lot to see, but this guy probably wants a little more privacy On this floor, there are a lot of technical details, like flow patterns Pipe repair and history Life was real harder without sewers in Tokyo There was even a human fesis removal, or poop boat to transfer it out for fertilizer, for somewhere else If you’ve never been to a sewage museum before, you probably want to know about the concept and Izumi san is here to fill us in. You can have a lot of fun here It’s part of fun what goes on down there. Izumi san showed us a lot of data like high points in the flow
When people use the water the most, in the morning and evenings After this, we were ready to enter the main sewage pipe The door is open to visitors in museum hours It’s like being in a submarine Open, to a whole new world and it stinks This is the main sewage pipe for Kodaira City Low flowing right now There are a few rules in here. I think jumping the fence won’t be a problem. The main sewage pipes were warmer than the other rooms abuot 20 degrees celcius With the door open, a lot of wind enters from outside The moisture inside makes your breath steam out This bridge over the pipe is one of a kind in Japan and maybe the whole world It felt like being in a cave at a waterfall. Just not the kind of water you want to go swimming in I’m sort of shocked that a place like this even exists It’s pretty insane that that they had an idea 20years ago to put a viewing platform in middle of a sewer Yeah, and we’re inside a pipe which is massive Its crazy. It’s like 4.5m wide, and this is carrying about water from 50,000 people, and I must say, I thought it was going to be smelly but.. I mean it’s really smelly It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Maybe it’s because it’s mixed with a lot of rain water, They say you get used to your own scent but this is a scent of 50,000 people. I’m not sure I can get used to this. but one thing that is reassuring is that they have different types of sensors to detect different gases so that we won’t pass out due to poisoning or something The sound It sounds like it’s coming from over there and there must be a rapid or something I think there is a big pipe emptying into this pipe and It’s kind of like a waterfall that’s what we can hear up here, but down here, I mean it’s really calm you can happily float on a rubber dingy. 10 kms down here Maybe that’s the next attraction they can add to this theme park A boat ride This is one of the processing plant But I do really think it’s great they have a place like this. because it allows not just kids, but people like us have a chance to see that there is life after a flush yeah exactly Normally you flush and it’s gone but no, there is a subtrainion world, and places like this just everywhere. It’s incredible. The color of the water is not flattering, is it? It hasn’t been processed at all, it’s litterly as it comes out of the toilet, as off the street as the bathtubs.. It’s all mixed so we’re not seeing big pieces of toilet paper, or anything else you might expect because it’s already kind of broken down through the rapids back there and stuff so this is an authentic experience Tokyo was hit with a sudden rain storm a few years ago a lot of rain in a brief period of time The result was felt in a few minutes in the main sewage pipe Water flowing very fast, and level raising beyond the norm It was a surreal scene that could’ve been dangerous with the opening in the pipe The camera inside the pipe recorded water near capacity. but lowered a couple of hours after the storm moved away from the area The museum sewage also has a classroom where you can see it all at a microscopic level This is raw sewage from the pipe and what we’re looking at The sewage is teaming with life the kind that you don’t want to get to know. It’s all very disgusting but absolutely fascinating I simply could not look away A sewage safari and we had an amazing pair of binoculars. There is a chart for the micro orgnisms. It reminded me of monsters, so they created a Anime version of them, of course to make it easier to sleep at night It was an amazing day one that Joseph and I will never forget Boy that was quite an experience, wasn’t it? It was! It was more exciting than I thought it would be Seeing with all that water level and data, I loved that. Yeah, I liked the minute details So every time we flush now, we have a greater appreciation for. Absolutely. It’s like there is a museum that caters for whatever your interest is Tokyo is crazy and flushing the toilet for me, is never going to be the same again Speaking of which, I got to use the restroom I know a really good one If you’re in Tokyo, you pass through the unforgettable museum of sewage in Kodaira City It stinks

100 thoughts on “Tokyo Sewage Museum: More than Crap ★ ONLY in JAPAN #52”

  1. I was surely surprised with the level of quality displays and even two staff members that were there. Surely it represents some money. Actually sewers and the concept of moving one's fecal matter away from our homes was a human development on the level of evolutionary. Plus, in the medical field we are developing an interesting realization that the organisms in your intestines might contribute a great deal more to our overall health than we ever realized before. We have even have procedures to do "stool" transplant for patients who because of one reason or other have lost all their individual stool micro-organisms. The removal of sewage, and the treatment there of has given all of us a level of sanitation and good health that in the past was never able to achieve. Of course now archeologist's go through old sewage dumps looking for what they can find, to help them understand how our ancestors lived. Also we have more micro-organisms living on our bodies than we have our own cells. One might wonder if we are ourselves or simply a living breathing hosts that supports billions of micro-organisms. One thing that I have heard about in Japan is toilet paper. Since trees are limited, paper is expensive, and one generally has to bring their own toilet paper while in Japan. So that was exciting and thanks for the tour. By the way, you look good in orange. Thanks!

  2. I really like all ur videos.Could u mind if u make video for reading train maps and get the ticket?For ex.from one statio to other station.Because all ur video help me travelling o Japan.Thank u so much

  3. Is Tokyo (i.e., Japan) considered a third world country?  And no sewage system prior to 1970?  My gosh, that was less than 50 years ago!  Wow…

  4. Well, I just learned my first Kanji character accidentally watching this video. I've been learning Japanese lately so I've been paying careful attention to any Japanese writing I see, but I haven't started Kanji yet.

  5. They have a sewage museum?? Honestly japan you're weird but thats a fucking great idea. This is way better than the low tier art museums

  6. At 10:53, was that a tapeworm….? Is that a worm??? It doesn't seem reasonable given how zoomed in the microscope must be, but gosh that's definitely what it appears to be. Gross! :O

  7. John: Ok, that was too nasty to finish watching…yuck!! I was not fascinated & why would you want to go down to spend time in the main sewage pipe with that awful odor?!

  8. if you float down on the rubber dingy just dont loose your paddles than you will be up shit creek with out a paddle lol

  9. This would probably be a civil engineer's dream to see how a sewage works from the inside from a first person prospective. I think they also have something similar in America but you don't really get to tour the inside of the sewages though. But this is quite amazing to watch really. Not just for civil engineers but for anyone who wants to know how everything works.

  10. completed one of the first sewage system in 1990.. is that early? it feels like it is really late for a developed country?! am i missing something.

  11. Japan is really the best at marketing and tourist spots. Where else in the world would a museum of sewage exist?

  12. We have a place almost exactly like this in Philadelphia it's pretty cool. The Only difference is, our water isn't running its just old sewer pipes that they stopped using over half a century ago.

  13. The parasitical infections of the sewage in Baltimore, Chicago, Washington DC USA is much much worse… and its a horror looking at their microscopic slides to see what you'll find there.

  14. It's weird that a new sewer system would incorporate drainage and sewer water together, especially with poor drainage prevention.

  15. Are those dates correct – 1970 to 1990?? Maybe it was supposed to be 1870-1890? This area is in the outskirts of Tokyo, you'd think they'd have had a sanitary sewer system before 1970..

  16. Thanks to this video I went here to check it out. You're right, it was actually more interesting than I expected it to be. And yeah, it stank. But not as bad as I was thinking it would.

  17. btw, squat toilets are healthier because they're more ergonomic for your insides.
    The more you know 🙂

  18. John, please tell us the name of the music used throughout most of this video. It's incredible! Thank you!

  19. The fact that Japan is a sewage museum is really really cool. It's clearly education. The toilets are fascinating as it is so this is cool to see as you said "the back end" of it all.

  20. Imagine the teenage mutant ninja turtles lives there. Leonardo adresses master spilinter "Ohaio sensi" . Raphaial surf in freshly dumped feces waves "hontoni". Michael Angelo eats his pizza in sewer aroma "ikimas". Donatelo kicking the disfunfunctional toilet in disblieve "mudana".

  21. I was chuckling about the sewage flow right up until the videos of the water rushing through near the top.

    Then I wasn't so amused.

  22. I loved this episode but a piece of constructive criticism is it was a bit jarring that at first the friend you invited was shocked and sort of grossed out when he found out you invited him there then by the end he seemed like a sewer expert which I understand but it was a little awkward

  23. Japan already had a sewer system in 1884.

    In 1958, the law adopted by the new sewerage system was established.

    From the 1960s, sewers were rebuilt in various parts of Japan.

    So, before the words “I started making sewers in 1970” explained by the Japanese in this video, there should be a line saying “To remake the existing sewers”.

    However, looking at 4:02, it seems that the important line has been cut.

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