Tuesday, 15th July 2014
In Events In Japan,
Tokyo gets toilet attraction
When it comes to weird and wonderful attractions, Tokyo has more than its fair share. Owl cafes, giant spider statues and an earthquake museum - all of these have raised a few eyebrows across the world. However, this is one new exhibition that really takes the michael.
Meet Tokyo's toilet display at the city's science museum, which is attracting more than just flies in its attempts to impress the tourist visitors to the city. The attraction opened last week and has since experienced a rush of attendees eager to experience the many attractions inside.
From learning how faeces are made to flushing oneself down a five metre toilet slide, there is no end of fun. Most bizarrely, a singing choir of u-bends serenade visitors as they come through the door, looking for all the world like a shrine to a porcelain God.
Could there be method in the madness of Exhibition development staff member Tami Sakamaki, who claims that this could be a way of getting people to think about something really quite integral to our society?
"Toilets and faces are normally thought of as very unclean topics but I would like for people to actively talk about them instead of just thinking that they're dirty," she told reporters on the exhibition's opening day.
"People of all ages have different problems with excretion and there are approximately 2.5 billion people worldwide without access to toilets," a press release added. "This exhibition takes a frank, entertaining look at what the perfect toilet would be for people around the world."
The exhibition is split into five zones in total and there is plenty to learn about the various functions of your digestive system. It runs until October 5th at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, although it might be best to wait until after lunchtime to visit.
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