Where art meets bodily functions
My dream vacation has always been to go to Japan. Aside from the rich culture, Japan has phenomenal foods, kawaii goodies, and most importantly, the high tech toilets. If you don’t know already, the Japanese believe that cleanliness is next to godliness. They take tidying up very seriously and this includes their own bodily function. While we are stuck with archaic toilet, they have ones that are quite customizable. From bidets with adjusted water temperature to heated seats to playing music and more. Going to the bathroom is an experience instead of a call (or response) of nature.
A design gallery at a Japanese airport demonstrates restroom innovation. It’s called Gallery Toto, and it opened earlier this year in Terminal 2 at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. The instillation was designed by Klein Dytham Architecture. Toto is a 97-year-old company and is Japan’s leading toilet manufacturer.
The exhibit’s exterior has multi-colored panels with silhouettes dancing around toilets — not the pee-pee dance, but a happy, anime-style dance. This gives the appearance that the toilets are translucent, but they are just LED screens. Inside the gallery itself are models of Toto’s hi-tech toilets that visitors can use. Yup! You can experience the hi-tech toilets for yourself immediately upon landing in the technology wonderland that is Japan. Don’t worry, no one will be able to see you and each stall is completely private.
What’s the point of having an interactive art exhibit about toilets, though?