Category Archives: Fixture

Painitan Stools

Telefon Booth

Helm Barber’s Chair

Hida Phone Booth

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Phone booth in Hida-Takayama

Spray Faucet

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Conscious about water conservation, public toilets in Taiwan have spray faucets

Payphones in Taiwan

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Temple Rain Barrel

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Rain barrel at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Rain barrel of Japanese Buddhist temples is one thing that I find particularly attractive even though every section of the temple is intricate. Perhaps because something utilitarian was melded into the structure.

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Rain barrel at the right side of the temple

The simplicity of the idea to collect rainwater by means of a barrel cannot be undervalued for it’s a measure to preserve the beautiful wooden temple in case of fire. And for all other practical uses such as watering plants and cleaning, rain barrel is truly a functional beauty.

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Another rain barrel from another temple inside the complex

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Spot the two rain barrels

2-Step Toilet Flusher

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Floor toilet with 2-step flusher

Taiwan is particular in saving water as one can observe from most of their sink faucets where the flow is powerful spray instead of steady stream, which means less water is needed in effectively removing soap from hands in just a short time. They also have this 2-step flusher so unlike the usual two buttons we normally see in Western toilets. This one in Taiwan is more hygeinic as I don’t need to use my hand. As you can see from the instructions below, one flusher is for urine, and another one dedicated for stool.

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Instruction and trivia inside the toilet. Now you know if frogs do poop

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Another toilet with 2-step flusher

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Really nice to do one’s business on the floor toilet while looking at that cat picture

Pee Hole

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The tiny hole is meant for peeing only

Squat toilets in the country are not as common as in other Asian countries. It’s only in Benguet that I’ve seen several toilets of this type and normally in eating places that serve as motorist stops along Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road.

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Although squat toilets like those in Japan and Malaysia have flushing system, every one of those I’ve seen here is meant to be flushed using small bucket of water. One thing that caught my fancy on a couple of toilets is that the design is meant for peeing only.

Cute Despite its Macho Function

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Takaoka

Only in Japan where an object that hides the sewer, or keeps you from falling into the hole, can be so cute despite its macho function.

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Osaka

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Kyoto

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Kyoto

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Hida-Takayama

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Shirakawa-go

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Ainokura in Gokayama Region

Inu-Yarai, a Singularity of Kyoto

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Whereas the curved split bamboo gutter cover (inu-yarai) design of Kyoto traditional wooden houses came to be for various purposes in the old days such as protection of the wall from dog pee, or horse dung, or rain falling on its roof, and or from eavesdroppers.

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Today, I suppose inu-yarai is used as concealment for unsightly gutter, pipes, and faucet from the street point of view – something neat and attractive yet something functional. Inu-yarai is therefore a noteworthy fragment of Kyoto’s identity.

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Living Fence

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Siam Call Box

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It’s only in Bangkok that I’ve seen this sort of call box design. I tried lifting the phone receiver and it works.

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Duo design

 

Telephone Kiosk

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Telephone kiosk in Melaka. Not so sure about the presence of footwear

Piso Water

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ATM or iWater? (ATM – Automated Tubig Machine)

Such a common sight in Cebu is this drinking water vending machine of various color, model and style (of its box). What is typical is the faucet, the round 5 gallon bottled water as its source, piso coin slot, and the glassful amount of water that comes out for every one peso coin eaten.

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Lesser frequency of replacing the 5 gallon purified water in this dual container model

One has to bring some container to catch the water that automatically comes out of the spout once you drop one peso inside. I expect the water to be tepid, but amazingly it was cold.

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A trash receptacle at the side of the tubig machine

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Looks like a karaoke machine

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This one is chained as precautionary measure against thieves that may cart it away I suppose. Love the mayana plants on the roof

Japan’s Call Box

Standalone or row of public telephone booths as recently seen in Japan.

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Tokyo

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Tokyo

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Tsuchiura

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Kawagoe

Flushing Sink Water

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Water from the faucet with installed sink fills the tank for flushing purposes. One can then wash hands in the sink without wasting water.

Therefore I conclude that apart from those state-of-the-art toilets every visitor in Japan talks about, they also have humble but environmentally conscious ones – and of course the brand is still Toto.

More Manhole Covers

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Kajiwara

I have a few collection of manhole cover snapshots from Tsuchiura City and Kawagoe (both outside of Tokyo) in my previous post.  And today, while exploring the other side of Tokyo along the Arakawa Line, I found a couple more.

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Minowa

Manhole Covers in Japan

Manhole covers seen in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, and in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture.
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It’s Natural to Squat

When it comes to public toilet, I prefer squat toilets since there’s no physical contact involved, that I’m truly grateful for one if my kid is with me. No more wiping and disinfecting preparation as you can’t make a 7 year old do the art of half-squatting without making a mess on a sitting toilet.

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A modern version for a natural and sanitary way of doing one's business in a public facility

Whereas this type of toilet is prevalent in Asia, I have yet to see one in the Philippines apart from a makeshift hole-in-the-ground when there’s no toilet facility.

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Squat toilet with tank

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This toilet in Bandar Seri Begawan airport has sensor for automatic flushing

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Pretty one somewhere in Malaysia. There's a bucket for manual flushing but it doesn't matter as long as there's always water

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