Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bathrooms at OIOI

Okay, everyone knows how clean the bathrooms are in Japan right? They think of everything, from hooks to hold your umbrella while you use the urinal, to counter space to put your bag down above the urinals, sinks, and in the stalls, and countless hooks and shelf space to make your washroom experience enjoyable. Even the little things like seat cleaning equipment, emergency button (in case you run out of toilet paper or something is not working), the stalls comes right down to the ground for total privacy, and let's not get into the washlets......heated seats, built in bidet, some have built in blow dryers, temperature and pressure controls. Some seat lids automatically come up and then drop down as you come and go. I've had friends say they would never try a washlet, but would cry once they leave Japan, feeling... well, not as clean!! In fact, if you came to Japan just to experience their washrooms, it would be totally worth the trip!! Seriously!!

The cleanest and coolest washroom my wife and I found was at the Marui Department Store (OIOI) in South East Shinjuku. 8th floor where the Starbucks is. It was totally futuristic, and yet still very charmingly Japanese....... the women's stall even had a private sink that lights up when you put your hand under the sink!! Sorry, I had to get my wife to take those shots. Check it out!! I've got other washroom posts coming up, and a special vending machine report as well, all coming up in the next few days!!

Not only is this urinal futuristic looking and clean enough to prepare food on, it makes sense. No drip marks along the bottom.... it makes total sense!! Notice the counter space at the top to put your shopping bag or man bag.....

Super clean sinks, no touch operation, and notice even the umbrella hook on the left side of the wall. Good thinking. Again, lots of counter space to put stuff down..... and look at the greenery inset into the wall as you come in.... it's calming isn't it?

Women's stall. The stall lights up when you walk in. Smart. Notice my wife's purse stored along the back counter space? Extra counter space to the left as well, and most stalls have more than one hook on the door.......

Built in sink inside the stall!! How awesome is that?

And it lights up when you put your hand on it? Not necessary, but totally awesome!! I want one for home!!

Thanks Cynthia for taking these pics!!

Super cool washlet controls. Yes the far right button is the artificial flushing sound, just in case you're making too much noise doing your business and are shy about it, make fake flushing sounds to cover the real sounds of you dropping the kids off at the pool......

This is the mother's/father's room. A couch, a baby chair, sink, warm water maker.....

A crib, etc..... some bathrooms even have an actual powder room, for women to do their make-up..... and remember, each floor of the department store has these duplicate washrooms, and this is only building one of two, and Marui probably have 20-30 locations just in the Tokyo area!! So awesome. I went in twice, even though I didn't have to go!! Same as my wife!! I love washrooms in Japan!! In Canada, you just hold it in until you get home, or you slyly sneak into a hotel washroom, and even then, it's usually just acceptable!!!


  1. All of this is unnecessary. Japan uses way too much electricity, and yet adds electric appliances to everything. If you want to live simply, there is no way. If you want electric hand dryers that don't point at your face, where are you to go?

    Half of the toilets have half of their 'features' disabled to conserve electricity. Toilets should not NEED electricity. This is over-thinking, and it is completely wasteful. If there was this much 余裕 in Japan, why not make the roads safer: lights for pedestrians, wider roads, or educate drivers not to cut people off?

    This country is all about flourish for the outsider, and has very little safety or forward-thinking for the person living here.

    1. Again, thanks for your insight. Have you lived outside of Japan for an extended period of time? I was born in Japan but grew up in Canada. I can see the benefits and negatives of both countries. Japan is often ignorant of many things as it is a mono-culture and an island nation, but once they make a decision (such as recycling) it is adopted very quickly. In Canada (and N.America) we tend not to listen to authority and we are often culturally disconnected. Of course I'm generalizing, but I can see the strengths and weaknesses of both cultures. However, Japan is the admiration of many countries and cultures, hopefully you can see the benefits as well as the weaknesses. Thanks for commenting!


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