This is a picture I took near the urinals in my office:
The building’s service center is notifying everyone that they will be doing pipe cleaning work lasting two weeks. Employees are advised to use the regular toilets instead of the urinals during this period. The interesting part is that the work is being conducted between 10pm and 6am.
The chances of anyone using the toilets in this office building during these hours is virtually zero. And that’s the point. The work is being conducted at night in order to minimize discomfort to employees. This is true in many cases in Japan, including roadwork, train station work, etc. Utmost care is taken not to disturb people.
(This is a post in the series “Why Japan is the Closest Place to Paradise“)