Tue May 15, 2012
'Biggest Public Toilet In The World' Now Good To Go In Japan
It's only for women — and only for one woman at a time, it seems.
But officials in Ichihara City, Japan, claim they've created the "biggest public toilet in the world."
As The Japan Times reports, outside the city's train station there's now a fenced-in, "200-sq.-meter plot of land" with flowers, plants, pathways and — "smack in the middle" — a toilet enclosed in a glass box.
"Why make it so unusual?" the newspaper asks. According to an official from the Ichihara City Tourism Promotion Department, "it's hoped that the toilet will become a tourist attraction for visitors to next year's Ichihara City Art Festival, which is currently in its planning stages. The festival is a government-led initiative to improve the area through the 'renovation of public facilities with the help of arts,' which they hope will attract more tourists and boost the region's economy."
The 6 1/2-high wall is supposed to help provide privacy. There also appear to be curtains that can be drawn around the inside of the toilet's glass box.
Cost of this project: About $125,000.
We'll ask before you do: Money well spent, or has it been flushed down the drain?
(H/T to ABC News' Akiko Fujita.)