Unless you've played a supporting role in The Little Shop of Horrors, chances are you've never been swallowed by a giant carnivorous plant, alien or otherwise. As it turns out, however, you can experience the next best thing, or at least, have fun pretending in Japan.

Last week, Twitter user イカコンブ Ikakonbu (@ikakonbu15) posted photos they took at the Hiroshima Botanical Garden. Being an enthusiastic carnivorous plant lover, Ikakonbu was thrilled to discover the play equipment they had installed there.

"This is the first time I've seen such fun play equipment! You can actually go inside each one of them!"

Reproduced with permission from イカコンブ Ikakonbu (@ikakonbu15)

As you can see, not only is there a Venus flytrap with enough room to swallow up amply accommodate a human body, but there's even a pitcher plant eager to digest welcome you as well...

Ikakonbu demonstrated the hospitality of the latter in a follow-up post, together with the comment: "I'm grateful to have family who can take my photo (like this)"

Other people posted their own images of fun times spent playing with these wonderful larger-than-life-sized objects, including this one showing the Venus flytrap enjoying a tasty human snack:

Ikakonbu's post has over 25,000 likes and nearly 10,000 retweets at the time of writing, eliciting comments such as:

  • "This is so awesome! They have trumpet pitchers too? I love it!"
  • "Imagine if the Venus flytrap actually closes when you touch a trigger hair (lol)"
  • "Wow! I want to go!"

If you'd like to take selfies like this, why not stop by the Hiroshima Botanical Garden the next time you're in the area? They also have many other attractions, so check out their website for all the details.

Note: We are grateful to have received permission from the Hiroshima Botanical Garden to include images of their premises for this article. Disinfectant is provided on-premises and all visitors are requested to disinfect their hands and fingers before and after using the play equipment.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.