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Toilet Philosophy

December 14, 2010

On Saturday I was teaching as a substitute for a colleague in a shopping center in Moriyama in Shiga prefecture. Going to the staff’s toilet there, I found very interesting posters attached to the wall over the two toilets so you could read while squatting down.

Translating the posters, the first one says:

To the honored you who is now on the toilet,

Life is a long and intense journey.

And on the way there is the toilet.

A small place to rest,

A quiet vacuum.

To regain the tenderness we forgot

God has given us this time especially.

Because the journey is still going on.

And the other one says:

Kiss the toilet paper!

Through conduct

Thinking will change, said the philosopher.

Repeating an act

Feelings will follow, said the dramatist.

Kiss the toilet paper,

Kiss it even if it’s disgusting.

Doing so,

The feeling to cherish the paper

Might sprout.

I wonder who put these posters on the wall. Would you’ve thought that toilets can be this philosophical? And what deeper meaning is hiding behind the cats? 🙂

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 23, 2010 13:00

    Just found your blog. cute..

    Share the Love, Dina @

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