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Ready for the stink test? Take a whiff of Shizuoka PARCO's 'Smell Exhibition'

Ambergris, which is produced in the digestive system of sperm whales, is seen. (Ambergris Japan)

SHIZUOKA -- A "Smell Exhibition" that took place at Ikebukuro PARCO in January, displaying all sorts of scents -- from the fragrance of iris to the stench of stink bugs, is going to be held again, this time at Shizuoka PARCO from July 13.

At the center of the display is ambergris, a substance produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. Freshly produced ambergris has a marine, fecal odor but it acquires a sweet, earthy scent as it ages. It is used in perfume and is extremely rare.

There are exhibitions of unique smelling food such as fermented Baltic Sea herring, called surstromming, and stinky fermented tofu. While visitors can experience various smells on display, they can also measure body odor using a special device.

A staff member at Shizuoka PARCO commented, "We would like visitors to enjoy these unusual scents and odors."

The Smell Exhibition will run through Sept. 9. Tickets cost 800 yen each (free for children under 3) and are sold in advance for 700 yen at Ticket PIA and some convenience stores.

(Japanese original by Haruka Takaba, Shizuoka Bureau)

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