Bunkyo-ku Educational Center in Tokyo is currently giving an awesome exhibition of chickens from all over the world.
What you’ll see there are 150 very realistic taxidermy chickens of approximately 60 variants from the collection of the University Museum, the University of Tokyo.
There are many rare ones, too. A red junglefowl, for example, is a bird of Southeastern Asia which is thought to be ancestral to the domestic chicken. Shokoku is a variety seen already in the Heian period, Shinkuro is an uncommon breed which is all black head to toe, and Dong Tao is a breed native to Vietnam and known for its abnormally thick legs. All of them are on display right in front of the visitors.
Tomoko Ito, a 33-year-old visitor from Nagareyama-shi, Chiba Prefecture, was watching the birds very carefully. “I never knew that there are so many chicken breeds. Many were the breeds that I’d never seen before,” she said.
The exhibition is open until November 14. Entry is free.
(Oct. 25, 2015)