Stand up for the view

I congratulate Japan’s City and local governments for the number of public toilets around their towns. To the new traveller, you could easily think privacy comes second to accessibility and airiness. Urinals and cubicles in full view of the passing parade is common.

But this one is a bit different. In the small fishing port of Heda on the west Izu Peninsula, this view comes for free with every use of the urinal! What a distraction from the business at hand.


Heda is a very quiet place. Not for the first time on my travels I appear to have been the only gaikokujin in town.

In some of the more popular areas, I still haven’t got used to using the urinal, turning around, and seeing the diligent cleaner (woman or man). That’s an experience I am unlikely to have in my home town.

I know some folks blog about manhole covers – which I have also taken to photographing – maybe views from public toilets is my next holiday theme.


About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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