Japanese takes pride in everything they do. From the house they live in to the cars they drive and even places that most folks aren’t exactly proud off: toilets. They made sure what they use are well designed, made and in tip top condition, so in the case when you are taking a dump, you will feel rejuvenated or something like that. While most people know the Japanese dedication, some may not know Japanese obsession with toilets and it is this obsession that lead to several pretty ingenious developments like heated seats, toilet bowl with integrated bidet and even modesty mechanism like fake flush to hide the sound of poops hitting the water.
And if you been to Japan, especially metropolitan areas, you will most of the public restrooms are meticulous and as if that wasn’t enough, Japanese government is stepping the conducive toilet game by awarding deserving public restroom with Toilet of the Year Award and why the hell not? If you are going to spend 11 months of your lifetime in a poop room, shouldn’t it be at its best all the time? And with the existence of this award, it will hopefully push public restroom operators to step up in their game. In addition to the award, there’s also an official pamphlet that list out exemplary public toilets, so you and I know where to hit up the next when we out about and need to drop the kids off the pool.
It helps if you read Japanese to learn where the holy grails of toilets are in and around Japan, if not we suggest you hit up Spoon & Tamago blog, where the folks there was kind enough to interpret those important information for the benefit of those who knows no Japanese language.
P.S. Besides restrooms in establishments, the list also includes restrooms in schools, public spaces and even mobile toilets too. Now, that serious business!
Images: screengrabs from Pamphlet [JP/PDF].
via Spoon & Tamago