Bare Necessity
December 19, 2013 11:53 AM   Subscribe

 
The toilet-with-a-view lets the occupant gaze at the surrounding garden while going to the bathroom, while a 2 m (6-foot) tall fence keeps people from looking in.
Followed immediately by pictures from outside the garden, over the fence.
posted by Etrigan at 11:55 AM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I would think you'd need at least a 3m fence, and why the glass walls? Would have been much cooler with no walls at all, just a toilet in a garden.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:58 AM on December 19, 2013


Awkward!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:00 PM on December 19, 2013


I hear the pope has something similar to this so's he can shit in the woods.
posted by TheRedArmy at 12:01 PM on December 19, 2013 [15 favorites]


The project, which cost the city ¥10 million (about $124,000 back then), has been criticized by some as being a waste of public money, but the city's tourism board defended it as a tourist attraction as well as a functioning toilet.
There's something sublime about that phrasing.
posted by griphus at 12:05 PM on December 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


I still like "Don't Miss A Sec," the art installation of a toilet on a streetcorner surrounded by one-way mirrors better.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:06 PM on December 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


Frank Lloyd Wright had falling water, this guy has making water.
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:08 PM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


toilet on a streetcorner surrounded by one-way mirrors

Just remember when it's dark outside and lit on the inside, the "one-way" is the other way.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:08 PM on December 19, 2013


This reminds me of a type of recurring dream I have, in which I search in vain for a working + clean + PRIVATE toilet. Eventually my agitation gets to the point that I wake up...and realize I actually do need to go pee.

I don't think I'd be able to use that contraption without curling up into a fetal ball and whimpering.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:09 PM on December 19, 2013 [4 favorites]


TheRedArmy - That was Pope John Paul. He was afraid he was going to be assassinated by bears. The current Pope - totally the opposite. He's out there in the woods poopin' next to the bears and the forest animals without a care in the world. Just having a good time, letting it all hang out, "just like Jesus did." Poopin'.
posted by Zack_Replica at 12:11 PM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is this some kind of face-your-fear therapy for rhypophobia?
posted by Beardman at 12:11 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Why would the Pope be afraid of bears? Aren't they all rabid Catholics?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:13 PM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Makes my hara ichi just thinking about it.
posted by chavenet at 12:15 PM on December 19, 2013


They say there's a fence, but then they also have photos showing just how easy it is to see over the fence.
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:18 PM on December 19, 2013


It's bears native to Bulgaria that can get uppity and are given to inflammatory speeches and firearms - they hates them Popes something fierce.
posted by Zack_Replica at 12:22 PM on December 19, 2013


I thought it was a great opportunity to rethink the relationship between architecture and nature.

People who shit in glass houses shouldn't throw Koans.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:23 PM on December 19, 2013 [11 favorites]


while a 2 m (6-foot) tall fence

Being 6'4" means I can see over things that are 6' (2M) tall. I'm not super tall - 5% of the population is taller than me

Fashion designers, architects, furniture makers... It's like tall people are invisible or nonexistent in their world.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 12:23 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Would have been much cooler with no walls at all, just a toilet in a garden.

I was thinking that too, and then it dawned on me--the walls are there to keep you from disturbing the garden's serenity.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 12:26 PM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


All that'd be needed for a hit game show would be hundreds of wasps piped in and a door that only unlocks from the outside.
posted by item at 12:29 PM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Would have been much cooler with no walls at all, just a toilet in a garden.

Why do you even need the toilet? Did I mention my neighbors grow the juiciest tomatoes on the block?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:31 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


They should have put the garden in the toilet.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:37 PM on December 19, 2013


Why the glass walls? Flies?
posted by rahnefan at 12:58 PM on December 19, 2013


Being 6'4" means I can see over things that are 6' (2M) tall. I'm not super tall - 5% of the population is taller than me

Standard "privacy fences" in the US are 6' and every so often it's possible to see things that shorter people thought were totally private.

I very much want an outdoor shower, but I'm smart enough to be careful about sight lines when I do finally build one.
posted by Dip Flash at 12:58 PM on December 19, 2013


Standard "privacy fences" in the US are 6' and every so often it's possible to see things that shorter people thought were totally private.

God, it's like nobody's seen Home Improvement around here or something.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:11 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm a little disappointed that, having seen this, I'll never be able to come upon it unexpectedly. I can just imagine walking up the little path: "Is...is this the bathroom? Is it art? Am I supposed to poop here?"

Unless the ladies' room sign means that it's the only one around and I would miss out anyway.
posted by postcommunism at 1:16 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Being 6'4" means I can see over things that are 6' (2M) tall. I'm not super tall - 5% of the population is taller than me
Actually, 2 meters is very nearly 6'7" high and people's eyes are about 5 inches below the top of their heard, so one would have to be 7 feet tall to see over a 2 meter fence, so perhaps a bit more thought went into the design. I'm going to guess that 7 foot tall Japanese folks are seriously uncommon and would attract a lot of attention hanging out by the fence.
posted by Lame_username at 1:18 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


And, of course, a young woman is used for a model in the photos.
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:31 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


"We put the waste in wasteful public spending!" -- Sou Fujimoto
posted by oceanjesse at 1:40 PM on December 19, 2013


Why the glass walls? Flies?

You mean, like Willy Wonka's elevator?
A Great Glass Flying Crapper - now yer talkin'!!
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:42 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


With a purposeful grimace and a terrible smell,
She pulls the spinning bog-tissue roll down.

Helpless people on subway trains
Stare, bug-eyed, as she looks out at them.

She pinches a loaf and she flushes it down
In the shade of the buildings in the center of town.

Oh, no! They say she's got to go
In Ichihara!
Oh, no! Wait till Tokyo!
Not Ichihara!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:44 PM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Watch out for the Pernicious Klings...
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:45 PM on December 19, 2013


And, of course, a young woman is used for a model in the photos.

It's not a unisex bathroom.
posted by keys at 1:52 PM on December 19, 2013


Halloween Jack: And, of course, a young woman is used for a model in the photos.

It is a women's restroom.
posted by Rock Steady at 1:52 PM on December 19, 2013


Huh, this is how I go all the time.
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:00 PM on December 19, 2013


Glass Box
posted by nathancaswell at 2:05 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


where do I pick up my prize?
posted by nathancaswell at 2:08 PM on December 19, 2013


This reminds me of a type of recurring dream I have, in which I search in vain for a working + clean + PRIVATE toilet.

I have that recurring dream too. I wonder what it means?
posted by PippinJack at 2:42 PM on December 19, 2013


In my case, I think it's my brain using my body-shyness to prevent me from sleep-peeing in my bed, because I need to GET UP AND GO PEE FOR REAL.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:58 PM on December 19, 2013


This reminds me of raft trips, where all poop needs to be packed out, either in a custom-built toilet or an army-surplus 200 mm rocket box with a toilet seat attached (called a groover, from before people thought of putting a seat on top). Of course, the groover needs to be placed out of site of the main camp (and perhaps downwind), but people often also try to make sure it's placed to give you a great view while sitting there. Sometimes it's a great view across the river, and you get to wave at passing rafts. It's always a much nicer view than in my bathroom at home. Maybe I need a garden like this?
posted by JiBB at 4:47 PM on December 19, 2013


(called a groover, from before people thought of putting a seat on top)

This is easily the best goddamn fact I've learned all week.
posted by George_Spiggott at 6:08 PM on December 19, 2013


I saw a similar setup last night, only it was a bank's brightly lit ATM lobby, by a homeless man, so I guess it wasn't actually the same at all. In fact it was terrible.
posted by little cow make small moo at 7:54 PM on December 19, 2013


Okay, ladies, let's take a poll: who'd actually use that toilet?

*keeps hand down*

No, seriously, why was this crazy idea deemed a ladies' toilet? I can see men being amused at the idea of a public pee or crap, but not those of us who deal with ... other things... in there.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:52 AM on December 20, 2013


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