Why Japan’s transparent public toilets are a bloody stroke of genius
The dunny. The s**tter. The porcelain throne. Whatever you call it, the humble john is one of the most important inventions – if not the most important – in history. Still, despite their value to society, you can’t say they’re not maligned. And, let’s be honest, it’s easy to see why. The public ones, at the very least, are usually pretty f**ken gross. And, even if they’re not, everyone reckons they are. The Nippon Foundation in Japan wanted to change that. And that’s where the transparent toilets come in…
Basically, they set themselves a mission: to make public toilets accessible for everyone, and to ensure that, “people will feel comfortable using public toilets and to foster a spirit of hospitality for the next person.”
To get there, they hit up 16 well-known architects and asked them to renovate 17 public dunnies in the public parks of Shibuya. So far, it’s the transparent lavatories that are getting chins wagging.
We reckon that’s understandable. No one really wants to drop their trousers and pump a f**ken grogan in sight of the general public, but it’s a small price to pay if the Nippon Foundation is successful in meeting their goal.
They reckon, “There are two concerns with public toilets, especially those located in parks. The first is whether it is clean inside, and the second is that no one is secretly waiting inside.”
Given that, you can’t say these don’t alleviate the concern over some pervert lurking in the dunny and waiting to leap just as you’re about to drop bombs.
We’re not sure about the other concern, but if public shame is an effective way to stop people pissing on the seat, the floor, and the f**ken bog-roll, we’re all for it. Besides, all jokes aside, the toilets do go opaque when someone’s inside, so it’s not as bad as it seems.
Final thought: Yeah, nah, we’re not sure how we feel about these. Obviously, taking a leak is pretty f**ken simple, but given what we know about the Japanese and their propensity for perversion, we wouldn’t want to be a sheila needing to use one of these while bloody Yoshi looks on and tugs his tentacle. What do you lot reckon?
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