News flush: Japan’s loo show in full spin

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iol pic bp japan-journey of poo AFP A woman wearing a poo-shaped hat walks up stairs to climb on a giant toilet slide at a toilet exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. Picture: Toru Yamanaka

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In a country known for its high-tech “smart loos”, a Japanese exhibition dedicated to what gets flushed down them and featuring a giant toilet slide is making a splash in Tokyo.

Children wearing poo-shaped hats slid down a chute into a lavatory standing five metres high, following the “Journey of Poo” at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

The aim of the exhibition, which also includes a chorus of singing toilet bowls, is to educate visitors about sewerage systems, health and waste.

An angry lavatory asked out loud what would happen if the world's loos refused to do their jobs, encouraging toddlers to say “thank you” after flushing.

Children also lined up to make their own poop from plasticine, while giggling couples enjoying an unusual date also took the opportunity to sport the popular brown hats and slide down the toilet. - Sapa-AFP

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