Uncategorized

Like something from an anxiety dream

I absolutely adore this article from Nerdist, outlining how new public toilets in Shibuya, Tokyo have see-through walls to illustrate their cleanliness to potential users.

Of course, once the door is shut, magic technology turns the walls solid, protecting users’ privacy. It’s all part of the Tokyo Toilet Project.

I have to say, I’ve been in many a public toilet in Japan and not once have I worried about its cleanliness, never mind safety. The only thing missing from the more basic ones is anything to dry your hands on, once you’ve finished washing them. That’s why so many people bring a small towel with them, for this very purpose. A little trick I picked up on my very first trip to Tokyo.

Then again, I’ve been navigating filthy public toilets in London for nearly two decades, so I suppose my standards are lower than the average Tokyo citizen.

Can you imagine the anxiety involved in sitting on one of these toilets and wondering if, at any moment, the technology might fail – revealing your vulnerability to every passerby?! I’d play it safe and use the urinal, if I’m honest. No matter how attractive the average bottom-warming-and-cleaning Japanese toilet is.

0 comments on “Like something from an anxiety dream

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s