Making a Splash. Not!
Japanese in general have an incredible awareness of personal hygeine. One way this is reflected is the very high priority given to toilet culture. Toilets are obviously a focal point because they comprise two of the worst aspects of a lack of hygeine – dirt and odour.
Let’s be honest, one of the most memorably disgusting things about most foreign countries is the public convenience.
Just finding a public toilet can be difficult in itself. Finding a clean, fresh public toilet in the West is something most of us only ever dream about (well no, we don’t actually dream about finding toilets, but you know what I mean). Men’s toilets tend to be particularly repulsive, although I’ll spare you the details.
One of the most memorable moments of a long trip I once took was when I asked the owner of the restaurant where the toilet was. He looked at me and, smiling a wide smile and waving his hand to indicate the surroundings declared “Outside – everything is toilet!”
But I digress. In Japan, spotlessly clean WCs are the norm. And they’re everywhere. Every station, department store, and convenience store has them. Free, always clean, always supplied.
Toilet awareness of course extends into the home too, and many businesses focus on ways of improvement.
This Japanese company recognises that the main cause of odour in the bathroom is “scattering” due to “rebound and splash” from standing men. They also recognise that sitting men can cause a slightly different problem. And, having isolated the sources of the problems, they’ve illustrated it wonderfully with cartoons and have come up with a very simple solution.
They call their product the Angel’s Lap. And here it is:
For more pictures, explanations and ordering information, visit the product homepage.
Men of the world, let’s kneel!