The Japanese Toilet and Omotenashi: Talk by TOTO
Accompanying our current 'Prototyping in Tokyo' exhibition season which highlights cutting edge Japanese technology and invention, join us at Japan House for a talk which takes a closer look at one of the country’s most famous and internationally beloved engineering innovations: its sophisticated smart toilets.
TOTO’s Floyd Case and Osada Asuka discuss the history of the ‘shower toilet’ in Japan and its relationship with the country’s deep-rooted culture of omotenashi (hospitality and care for guests). First launched in Japan in the 1980s by TOTO, these bidet-equipped smart toilets now boast a number of additional sophisticated functions from heated seats and sensor-activated lids to invisible deodorisers and use of electrolysed antibacterial water. Helping to promote a new comfortable, luxurious and healthy bathroom culture, the toilets can now can be found in around 80% of households in Japan, as well as being a standard fixture in Japanese hotels, hospitals, and offices, and international use is also increasing.
After the talk, why not pay a visit to our own TOTO WASHLETS at Japan House and try them out for yourself?
The talk will be followed by a reception with Asahi Super Dry generously provided by Asahi UK and a selection of sake generously provided by Sake Samurai.
TOTO was established in 1917 in Kitakyushu, Japan with the aim of promoting healthy ways of life. For more than 100 years, TOTO has been the recognized leader in the field of innovation and design of products that enhance the luxury bathroom experience.
In 1980, TOTO launched the first WASHLET shower toilet in Japan which quickly became a Japanese cultural and commercial sensation. In 2008, a branch of TOTO was launched in Europe to spread comfortable and hygienic bathroom culture worldwide. TOTO’s UK showroom and office is located in Clerkenwell, London.