Thursday, February 21, 2008


It all began innocently enough over breakfast this morning when one of my local, Japanese colleagues asked me, "Marty-san, have you tried the Golden Toilet yet?"  "That sounds like a trick question," I responded, chuckling.  "No," he replied, "The toilet on the main level at the Meguro Gajoen is quite something."  "Thanks," I said, "If the need arises, I'll let you know."  Later in the day, one of our Corporate Hosts opened a formal speech before more than 200 executives by saying, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope by now you've all had a chance to visit the Magnificent Toilet downstairs."  Well, you don't have to ask me twice.  I grabbed my camera phone and made a Beeline for the Bathroom.  Trust me when I say it was worth the wait.  Sliding Black Lacquer Screens inlaid with Gold lead to an antechamber covered with artwork that would make any museum proud.  A Babbling Brook filled with Carp winds its way to an Ornate Washroom and, to get to the toilets, you have to cross a bridge over a traditional Japanese Water Garden.  Best of all, by the time I finally found the toilet itself -- cleverly hidden behind a mahogany doorway -- I actually had to use it ...!


deshelestraci said...

Wow.  Sounds like an amazing place!

susansophia said...

Haiku for you...

         A golden throne
    For a golden experience
       Any buttons there?

ab45yui said...

Beautiful pics - even though its a toilet, lol.

princesssaurora said...


I have been lurking...but now I will try to comment regularly again!!!

be well,

stupidsheetguy said...

LOL! I was reading along, waiting for the moment of truth, and you answered the question! Too funny. I have to dig out my bathroom picture to let you know you're not the only one with a camera in the loo.  :)

Excellent entry, lol. Cracked me up!

kattytrick said...

Guess you could say you had taken the sceinic route, also it was fortunate that it was well lite, because you made the journey "Ba-dai"...aaaa...."Bedai"...aaaa( you know, the French toilet splashy thingy? Hell, I'm lost and I don't even have to go !.....Kit

gazker said...

I had to re adjust my glasses, I thought you wrote a babbling brook filled with crap!........ Eeeeeewwwww.
I noted that the actual toilet one of those famouse Japanese botty washers. Beats a bidet any day ;-)

beckiepainton said...

im just glad you found it and didnt have to pee in the stream.beckie x

solace223 said...

Wow, they sure are serious about their pooh over there aren't they?  lol

rdautumnsage said...

Well that is definitely something we don't brag about over here in the states, is the condition of our toilets....(Hugs) Indigo

mpnaz58 said... funny!
xoxo ~Myra