Tokyo is always changing, but 2020 has been an especially big year for sprucing up old neighbourhoods and buildings in the capital. Kabutocho in Nihonbashi has reinvented itself, with hip new venues netting it the title of coolest neighbourhood in Tokyo. Ginza Station has unveiled a slick new redesign that was three years in the making and Shibuya has a new set of public toilets created by some of Japan’s top architects. Meanwhile, Toshima in Tokyo’s north is giving its public restrooms artistic makeovers featuring colourful murals.
The Toshima Public Toilet Project has been running since March 2017 and has renovated 85 public toilet blocks in Toshima, making them cleaner, safer and easier to use.
But that’s not all – 24 of those public bathrooms have also been decorated inside and out with colourful patterns and designs painted by local artists and residents. The toilets have been turned into public works of art.
If you’d like to see the artwork for yourself, you can download a map showing all 24 locations from the project’s official website.
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