A toilet with more than 72,000 pieces of Swarovski crystals has gone on display in Tokyo, Japan, if that’s not shocking then the price of it will be as it is valued at $130,000. Some may be confused as to why such an item would have been produced, well it’s been created to please the ancient God of toilet, a deity known for his love of sparkling lavatories.
Crystals come from Austria
The toilet itself is not up for sale and according to its manufacturer, Lixil, it took just short of a month to fully accessorise the it with the popular and expensive Swarovski crystals, these crystals come from a jeweller in Austria.
Those people that would like to go and see the toilet they can since it is on display in Lixil showroom in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district. It may seem a random project especially for this time of year, but it is a Japanese tradition which goes back many hundreds of years.
This tradition is not unique to the Japanese as it has been known to exist in both the modern and ancient world spanning from ancient Rome to Japan.
In Japan in particular belief in the toilet god serves a dual purpose. Firstly, the majority of any bodily waste was collected and then used as fertilizers, this made certain that a increased level of sanitation was achieved compared with other countries where such waste is simply disposed of.
Many years ago toilets were on average dark and pretty grim places, and there was the horrible and unthinkable risk that a person could fall in and consequently drown. To protect themselves from this fate the protection of the toilet god was sought, and it as such it is a tradition that the Japanese have not given up on even in the current days of well lit toilets and almost no risk of drowning.
Old wives’ tale
The Japanese have suffered heavily this year, the earthquake on the 11th of March and then not forgetting the disastrous tsunami. After these natural events shops around Tokyo’s famous upmarket shopping district reduced their opening hours in an attempt to save electricity, but this affected sales and the number of tourists who visited the region.
Another reason the Japanese maintain the tradition comes down to an old wives’ tale which states that if young women keep the toilets in their house clean then they will maintain their beautiful form and enjoy a simple and easy first birth.
It also explains why Japan have a higher craftsmanship for toilets some of which include remote controls.