- Title: JAPAN: Toilet exhibition opens in Tokyo
- Date: 2nd July 2014
- Summary: CHILD WATCHING TOILET CHOIR VARIOUS OF TOILET CHOIR CHILD LEAVING TOILET CHOIR JAPAN MIRAIKAN SCIENCE MUSEUM SIGN THAT READS(English): "TOILET? HUMAN WASTE"
- Embargoed: 17th July 2014 13:00
- Location: Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA6HCE1A2GQPZ0YRLTGZ9F30B16
- Story Text: The newest exhibition to open at the Tokyo's Miraikan science museum on Thursday (July 2) takes a deep and fun dive into the world of toilets.
The main exhibit centres around a massive 5-metre tall toilet that allows visitors to slide into it after putting on hats shaped like faeces to simulate the journey into the sewers.
While the gigantic toilet is one of the main attractions, the exhibit includes 5 zones that range from showing exactly what ones excrement is made of to how different types of toilets are used around the world and even a possible space toilet that could be used to grow plants.
"Toilets and faeces 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," explained exhibit staff Tami Sakamaki.
For those who came to visit, put on their special excrement hats and took the plunge the experience was worth it and even gave a new perspective on what is an important bodily function.
"Even now for adults it still has an unclean image, but I came here to see how the things I've been putting out daily actually becomes clean and to see if my view of faeces would change from now on," said 33-year-old visitor Kazuaki Shinoda.
"It's not everyday that you can become faeces, so I highly recommend everyone to give it a try," recommended 28-year-old visitor Mai Ishida.
At the end of a visitor's journey through the exhibition, they are met by a choir of toilets that sin g and thank them for putting in the effort of trying to learn more about what is normally an unspoken about time on the bowl.
The exhibit starts from today and lasts until October 5 and costs 1200 yen (around 11USD).
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