TOTO opens toilet museum

TOTO, is the biggest company in Japan producing toilet equipment, their most successful product line is their washlets. They just opened a museum dedicated to the history and future of the toilet. In a lifetime we spent around 90 days of our precious time alive in the toilet, I guess it is important enough to have a museum dedicated to it :)

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toto4This room is dedicated to the honor the founders of TOTO

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Projection room with documentaries explaining the history and evolution of the toilet.

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Official website of the museum and the location of the museum in Kitakyushu here.

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Dogs with fake smiles

I love starting my days with a smile :) , these pictures helped today. It is a meme with pictures of Shiba dogs being forced by their owners to smile. My favourite the first one, because the dog doesn’t seem to care at all.

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Via Hamusoku

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Sunflower Day – ひまわりの日

Today is Sunflower Day in Japan (Himawari no hi, ひまわりの日). This day has been celebrated since JAXA launched their first meteorological satellite on July 14th 1977. The name of that satellite was “Sunflower number 1”. Since then, during the last 40 years, Japan has launched eight “Sunflower” meteorological satellites to space. The one that is used today to predict the impact of typhoons (like the one that is approaching us this week) is Sunflower number 8.

People usually forget about the origin of the celebration, the important of this day is to have a nice day by being creative using sunflowers. These are some of the images of the day on Twitter:

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan

Sunflower Day in japan
Sunflower number 8 launch at the end of last year

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Tama The Cat Dies

Tama the cat is probably the most famous cat in Japan. So popular that her recent death just after turning 16 years old has been important news in Asahi, one of the most read newspapers here.

Tama was an abandoned cat that used to live around the Kishi station in Wakayama. With the passing of time the neighbors liked her so much that in 2007 they made her the “Station Chief”. The station was remodeled with a cat shape and the trains were decorated with Tama drawings.

Since Tama became the station chief, the amount of travellers has risen and the economy of the area has improved. After her death, probably one of her two assistant cats Miko or Chibi will replace her as the station chief.

tama the cat

tama the cat

tama the cat

tama the cat

tama the cat

tama the cat

tama the cat

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The Great Earthquake

I am at a coffee shop near Ginza. Suddenly a mother and her daughter enter inside. The mother is probably in her late fifties and the daughter is most likely around twenty years old. Both are wearing sport suits and are not very well dressed compared to the rest of people you can usually see around Ginza on Sundays. They sit down and order two coffees. Without saying a word the mother opens up a novel and immerses herself into it, while the daughter starts tapping at her smartphone screen. It doesn’t seem like they have much new to talk about.

After a while, the daughter gets tired of fiddling with her iPhone.

– The couple of earthquakes last week were quite strong – the daughter says leaving her phone on the table.
– Yes, what a shake! Your father’s coffee spilled all over the kitchen table.
– I was at the university taking an exam. Before starting, we had to leave our smartphones in a basket at the entrance – she says while trying to grab her mother’s attention, who closes her book placing it on the table. – Shortly before the building started to shake, the earthquake alarms of the phones started to ring. We all heard our phones in the basket, with the exception of Daisuke’s which rang in his pocket.
– Oh I see, they caught him with his phone during the exam.
– Even when you put your smartphone in silent mode, the earthquake alarm always rings.
– With this system we are more safe. But poor Daisuke, he was caught red-handed.
– The professor forgave him, but he will most likely never be able to sneak in his phone into an exam again – she says while grabbing her smartphone and lowering her glance once again. – The news I am reading on Twitter say that “The Great Earthquake” is coming. There’s a 70% chance that it will happen within the next four years.
– They’ve been saying the same thing for the last 40 years – the mother says without giving it much importance and she comes back to read her novel.

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Cleaning Up The Weeds

They look relaxed, not rushing at all, most likely happier than the salarymen that are trapped in their offices. They are pulling the small weeds that are coming out of the grass in the park, practically one by one. I asked the man that is looking at the camera in the video below: he told me that they do it for free, that they are volunteers and that the grass on this park is solely maintained by the neighbors association.

Cleaning Up The Weeds

Cleaning Up The Weeds

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Ultraman at JR Stations

Today I found this Ultraman statue at Shinbashi station in the Yamanote line. Next to the statue there was a stand where you can get a stamp to certify that you have found the statue. It seems that it is a promotion to collect the Ultraman characters stamps. If you manage to get all the stamps you will be able to have a chance to get several prizes. These kind of marketing promotions are known in Japan as スタンプラリー (Stamp Rally). To participate in them you have to use the official passbook and then collect all the stamps.

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Ultraman

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Ultraman at JR stations

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More information about the stations and the places where you can collect the stamps

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Fox Village

Until today I knew about rabbit island and cat island but I didn’t know about a small village in Miyagi prefecture where there are more than one hundred foxes walking around the streets, parks and temples. I have immediately added the village to the places I should visit in Miyagi.

The following photos were taken by briedis during his last visit to the village. My favourite photo is the one with the Shintoist shrine dedicated to the fox goddess Inari, two stone foxes on the sides and a real fox in the back looking at the camera :)

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fox village

fox village

fox village

fox village

village of the foxes in japan

village of the foxes in japan

village of the foxes in japan

Here you have the exact location in Google Maps. You can find specific information to visit the village at Japan Travel.

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Rabbit Island

Okunoshima is an island similar to Tashirojima, the difference being that instead of being full of cute cats it is invaded by rabbits. According to Treehugger it is an island were chemical weapons were produced during Second World War. Nowadays there’s no industry in the island anymore and there’s not many people living there. There are more rabbits than people! The island has a perimeter of 4 kilometers, one hotel, one camping, one golf course and hundreds of rabbits.

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Map with the location of rabbit island

Continue reading: Cat Island.

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