We’ve shown you the world’s largest swimming pool, but how about the world’s most crowded swimming pool? Photojournalist Michael Yamashita has captured these incredible photos of the Summerland Wave Pool in Tokyo, Japan, and looking at the photos this has got to be the world’s most crowded swimming pool. With bodies filling up the water in every direction you look, one can’t help but wonder how exactly does one swim in this pool?
In an interview with My Modern Met, Yamashita says “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. Japan, however, is prepared for this and manages to keep everyone happy and cool no matter how jam-packed the pool – by moving the water rather than the swimmers. While not exactly conducive to laps, giant wave pools surge with swells a meter or higher, drenching stationary bathers so they don’t need to swim to cool off. Other pools feature circular courses with a current that keeps everyone moving together in the same, very orderly, direction. And of course, 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!”
So, who’s up for a swim?