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?
The goal of the exhibit is to change people’s perception about toilets and to showcase the awesome design and advancements behind them. Japan is also preparing for the inundation of foreign tourists because of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. They want other countries to embrace the toilet as much as they do. In other words, instead of embarrassment, think of going to the bathroom as an adventure!
“We were interested in the notion of the most private place being in a most public place,” the firm said in a press release. “We also wanted to spark one’s imagination, something unexpected, something memorable… [something to] share on social media when they are at the airport.”
While the exhibit might be strange to many cultures where shame is affiliated with something natural that everyone does, I am in awe. I can’t wait until these toilets are more prevalent in the U.S. We spend hours in the bathroom everyday, why not make it as comfortable as possible? Treating yourself should extend to all aspects of your life. Instead of a stuffy atmosphere, make it enjoyable and zen-like. Remember: Everybody poops!
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