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
A wooden barrier to stop the deer from getting in at Nara Park in Japan, which is inhabited by hundreds of freely-roaming deer
A mini seat on top of a normal seat at Miyajimaguchi Station in Hiroshima
A toilet cubicle onboard the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Kumamoto to Hiroshima, travelling at a mere 245 km / hour
A Japanese/English translation that I found humourous by all means, in this public loo near the top of Mt Aso in Japan
A bright & beautiful stained glass window next to this urinal at Glover Garden in Nagasaki