Meanwhile At Summerland Wave Pool, Tokyo


Yikes! It’s like Sandycove on a Thursday afternoon.

National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita tells My Modern Met:

It seems a number of viewers are horrified, appalled, nauseated and generally grossed out by the sheer number of swimmers squeezed into these mega-pools. There’s no question that given the heat, humidity, and population of Tokyo in the summer, the throngs at any swimming pool there are going to, by definition, test the limits of crowd control and sanitation….[But] Japanese people, by tradition and habit, are arguably the cleanest – not to mention the most cleanliness-conscious – in the world. The water in these pools is clean enough to drink!”