Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tokyo International Forum

This picture was taken last year at the Tokyo Motor show. I found it on the internet:

For some reason, the number of ushers outnumber the number of visitors by abt 10 times!

Today, I went to check out the situation at Tokyo International Forum (one of their main exhibition halls)

It was an elegent building with beautiful architecture. Half of the ceiling and walls are made of glass, thus making full use of the sunlight to illuminate the whole area. Very eco-friendly!! :)

Yup, as expected, the number of ushers did outnumber the number of visitors, by abt 3 times. Everywhere i walked/turned, an usher or security guard will be standing there greeting me.
Instead of the normal barricades/strings used to guide visitors along the exhibition's walking path, this exhibition's path was neatly laid out by ushers standing along both aisles. LOL

The exhibition on today was "New Product Review"

I went in with a very inquisitive mind about what kind of "new" products Tokyo has recently invented? Televisons? Applicancs? Robots? Space craft? or even the latest science breakthrough??

In the end..
guess what??

70% of the displays and exhibitions were about TOILET BOWLS!!! (the remaining 30% were kitchen appliances such as sink, bathtub, shower etc)

Doesn't Japan already have enough variety of toilet bowls?

Most toilet bowls in public toilets are equipt with the "spraying device" (as i call it).
I think the most important function of this device is to warm the toilet bowl seat so that the user can seat comfortably during winter(extremely cold) days.

This is a pic of the standard menu on that "spraying device". Basic functions include, spray, stop, deodorizer and water jet intensity functions.

This pic below shows the most sophicated device I have seen since I arrived in Japan.

Can you even count how many functions/buttons there are??

From left to right: "Stop" button. "water jet spray" button(for the rear). "Bidet" button. "Dry air" button. "Water intensity" knob. Seat sensor. "Clean nozzle" button. "start/pause" button. 2 knobs for "water temperature"(rear and bidet respectively). And lastly, a knob for "Dry air intensity"
WOW... this is really sophisticated...

This is another unique thing i found in a toilet.

The top button is the FLUSH button, whereas the bottom button is for the devices to play (audio) 20 seconds for flushing sound - NOTE: NOT real flushing/water. Its just for discretion purpose.

I recorded down the 20 seconds of "flushing" sound.


In you opinion, does it sound like the real thing???

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