Before I left for my trip to Japan last month, I sent out a tweet to my lovely followers advising them of such, and warning of an upcoming influx of photos of bidets and other such crazy Japanese loos. One of the replies I received caught my attention: a fellow toilograper asked if I could perhaps locate the game/toilet hybrid system that was recently released in the Japanese market.
I was intrigued. All I had to go by was a link to this blog & video, but it didn’t take long to find it was developed by Sega and dubbed the Toylet. It’s one of a number of interactive urinal systems currently in production around the world, and offers a choice of four games that measures the strength of the flow and volume into the urinal to determine the outcome.
After some research I soon found that the Toylet was currently on display at the Joypolis, the hi-tech Sega-owned theme park on Odaiba Island in Tokyo. I couldn’t help but pay Joypolis a visit on my final day in Japan to see the elusive Toylet for myself, and I was suitably impressed when I walked into the mens:
A Hawaiian-themed toilet complete with glittery flashing lights at Cafe Shiro in Tokyo’s Akebonobashi district
In May 2012 I went on an adventure to Japan, where I spent a week wandering the incredible vending-machine-filled streets of Tokyo, eating the most delicious food, marvelling at the architecture and visiting countless temples. It was truly a mind-blowing country and I look forward to returning one day soon to see more.
Naturally, I also used my holiday as an opportunity to gain some insight into Japanese bathroom culture, and here is what I found:
Hopefully that’s inspired you to make the trip over if you haven’t been already!
(Oh, and if you want to see some non-toilet-related pics from my holiday, you can check them out at Flickr)