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Japanese bathroom, carry out creativity to the end

  For the Japanese, the bathroom is not only a necessary place for life, but also a space for adjusting emotions, a lounge for work breaks, and the embodiment of refined life. Because of these concepts, some well-known public toilets in Japan can attract people from all over the world to experience “check-in”. With the development of the times, Japanese public toilets also strive to incorporate a sense of art and creativity.
“Internet celebrity check-in place” – “Tokyo Toilet”

  In a park in Shibuya District, Tokyo, there is a transparent glass building with a novel appearance. This is the “transparent toilet” that is popular on social networks, and it is also one of the public toilets full of design and creativity that have appeared in Shibuya District. Faced with this “weird and imaginative bathroom”, I believe that many people are as puzzled and uneasy as the author: “Is it safe?” In fact, it is precisely designed to “eliminate anxiety”. A questionnaire survey released by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan found that only a small number of people are willing to use public toilets, and nearly 90% of people said they were “unwilling to use” or “almost never use”. Safety”. And this kind of transparent bathroom, where the internal equipment and cleaning conditions are clear at a glance, can make people feel uneasy.
  The bathroom was designed by Shigeru Ban, a Pritzker Prize winner known as the “Nobel Prize in Architecture”, and uses special liquid crystal glass. When unoccupied, the bathroom can be clearly seen from outside; but when the door is locked, the glass becomes frosted. This kind of transparent public toilet has “epoch-making significance in confirming cleanliness and safety”, and many people deliberately come here to “check in”, and it has attracted great attention on social media. When night falls, the glass of the bathroom will light up, and the whole building is like a huge lantern, illuminating the park, making it convenient for passers-by and also becoming a unique scenery.
Creative toilets are active all over Japan

  For a long time, Japan has been making various innovations in public toilets, and creative toilets emerge in endlessly. In addition to the “transparent toilet”, there is also a public toilet located in Yebisu Garden Plaza, which is composed of 15 cement walls and blends harmoniously into the surroundings. environment, creating a natural beauty. The public restroom located in a certain park has a circular outer wall composed of vertical grids, allowing light to fully shine into the interior. At first glance, it looks like a pavilion standing in the shade of greenery. A restaurant in Fukui prefecture has a “garden toilet,” where individual toilets are set in a Japanese-style garden where guests can enjoy toilet time gracefully. Most people who come to Tokyo have seen the “robot restaurant”, where the floor, wall, toilet, water tank, washstand, etc. of the bathroom are all shining with golden light. In a game hall with the theme of “ruins” in Chiba Prefecture, the bathroom is also in the style of ruins, with rusty cabinets and exposed cement walls…

  There are also many creative public toilets in Osaka. For example, the toilet in Abeno HARUKAS, the tallest building in Kansai, Japan, has a beautiful name-“Sky Toilet”. From time to time, you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery from the high-rise observatory, and truly feel the vastness of the sky.
The Japanese bathroom that has been “evolving”

  The Japanese’s research on toilets is amazing, and “toilet culture” has been derived from this. Osaka University even has a “toilet research society”. Japan’s toilets are top-notch in the world. Many tourists to Japan have been amazed by the convenient functions such as heat-retaining toilets and warm water flushing. In high-end business districts and beauty and hair salons where women are the main consumer group, there are specially set up women’s toilets with different styles. The interior design is very advanced, and you can easily touch up your makeup inside.
  In recent years, more and more bathrooms have been “married” with electronic products, and Japanese bathrooms are evolving in the direction of comfort, convenience, humanization, and artistry every year. Take Osaka as an example. In the past, public toilets here gave people the impression that they were “dirty, smelly, and dark”, especially the toilets in subway stations. Most people had the impression that “if possible, try not to use them.” Today, the toilet at Shin-Osaka Station is the first railway toilet to win the “Japan Toilet Award” – the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Award, and the toilet lights up the entire space with green plants.

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