Yes, you read that right! Tokyo has come up with new transparent public toilets in its parks and people are loving it. Wondering why? Read on to find out. By Amitha Ameen
In a first of its kind in the world, Tokyo has installed two new sets of transparent public toilets in its parks in Shibuya district. The attention-grabbing toilets have been created by Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm, Shigeru Ban Architects.
Available in Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park and Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park, these restrooms are being welcomed with open arms by the locals. The first thought to come to someone’s mind may be the privacy aspect, but these public toilets are made of a ‘smart glass’ that turns opaque when the toilets are occupied.
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Public toilets are usually not the first choice for people, usually because of hygiene standards. But, the country of Japan has a high standard when it comes to hygiene; and through an initiative called The Tokyo Toilet Project 17, public toilets in Tokyo’s busiest commercial area Shibuya are being renovated.
Founded by a non-profit organisation called Nippon Foundation, the initiative is aimed at reimagining public facilities and breaking stereotypes and misconceptions, to make users more open to using them.
According to a statement on the project’s official website, users usually worry about cleanliness and occupancy of the toilet before entering. “This allows users to check the cleanliness and whether anyone is using the toilet from the outside. At night, the facility lights up the park like a beautiful lantern,” added the statement.