Sega Toylet

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:

Two urinals side by side, both fit with the Toylet

The sensor target that you’re supposed to aim for

Interspersed with advertisements, the screen lights up with the game as soon as it senses the urinal is in use

A rather impressive line of Sega Toylets


Hawaiian

A Hawaiian-themed toilet complete with glittery flashing lights at Cafe Shiro in Tokyo’s Akebonobashi district


Japan

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: 🙂

It all began on Jetstar

My first ever view of a bidet! It scared me.

Ashtray

Some lovely flowers at Hama-rikyu garden

And some hanging ornaments in the same restroom in Hama-rikyu

Traditional style

The funkiest cafe in the world

Tokyo Tower

Neon window

Foreign style

Male

Female

Accessible urinals at a train station in Nikko

Bamboo view at Hokokuji Temple

Kamakura Beach

Unisex cubicle

Flushing sound

Out of order

Shibuya

Rows of urinals

Up the stairs

No bombs

Controls

Full service

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)