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2. November 2023

Celebrating the simple things
Leading Japanese bathroom manufacturer TOTO plays an important role in “Perfect Days”, the latest film from renowned director Wim Wenders – coming to German cinemas on 21 December 2023.

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<p><span>In the new Wim Wenders movie &ldquo;Perfect Days&rdquo;, Hirayama &ndash; played by Kōji Yakusho (to the left in the image) cleans the unique public toilets in THE TOKYO TOILET Project from the Nippon Foundation. Photo: DCM Film Distribution GmbH</span><span></span></p><p><span>Content and calm, Hirayama </span><span>experiences the perfect day every day with his very structured routine and daily rituals</span><span>. Photo: DCM Film Distribution GmbH</span><span></span></p><p><span>Main character Hirayama is fully committed to his job as a toilet cleaner and does it thoroughly. Photo: DCM Film Distribution GmbH</span><span></span></p><p><span>The toilet pavilions created for THE TOKYO TOILET Project by the Nippon Foundation are turning heads in the Japanese city. The photo shows the facility designed by Shigeru Ban. The walls are transparent from the outside, allowing passersby to see the interiors. Photo: TOTO LTD.</span><span></span></p><p><span>Once the door is locked from the inside, the glass becomes opaque &ndash; protecting the user&rsquo;s privacy. Photo: TOTO LTD</span><span></span></p><p><span>World-famous architect Toyo Ito designed public toilets on the outskirts of the public park and forest Yoyogi Hachiman. At first glance, they look like three mushrooms. Photo: TOTO LTD.</span><span></span></p><p><span>Each of the three rooms in the facility is very spacious. The fixtures are very user friendly, even for the elderly and children. Toyo Ito&rsquo;s installation also includes TOTO WASHLET. Photo: TOTO LTD.</span><span></span></p><p><span>The pure white semi-sphere by Kazoo Sato in Nanago Dori Park has already become a neighbourhood landmark. Photo: TOTO LTD.</span><span></span></p><p><span>&nbsp;The 17 toilet pavilions in THE TOKYO TOILET Project are definitely worth seeing &ndash; featuring inviting, modern architecture and hygienic, fully accessible facilities. The toilets are designed to be safe and clean at any time of day or night and easy for everyone to use, whatever their gender, age or physical ability. Photo: TOTO LTD.</span><span></span></p>

Wim Wenders’ new film, “Perfect Days”, tells the story of toilet cleaner Hirayama in quiet, stark images. He lives a simple life in Tokyo, with every day following the same basic structure. Played by Kōji Yakusho, Hirayama is responsible for cleaning not just any public toilets, but the unique ones created for THE TOKYO TOILET Project by the Nippon Foundation. These were designed by famed architects like Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Tadao Ando and Shigeru Ban.

These innovative toilet facilities are equipped with TOTO products. “Perfect Days” premiered at Cannes International Film Festival this May. Main actor Yakusho was honoured with the Best Actor award at the festival for his performance. The film will be shown in German cinemas in December.

In the film, Hirayama travels to the different public toilets in Tokyo’s Shibuya district and cleans them. He is fully committed to his job and does it thoroughly. When someone comes to use the toilet, he makes himself virtually invisible to avoid disturbing them. Content and calm, Hirayama experiences the perfect day every day at work, but also with the simple little things in life. Every morning, he has a can of coffee, listens to cassettes with rock songs from the 60s and 70s on his way to work, enjoys reading and analogue photography, which he uses to capture moods. These are the things that he loves and that enrich his daily life. A series of unexpected encounters gradually reveal stories from his past. “The new Wim Wenders film celebrates the simple things, the poetry in our everyday rituals and impassioned dedication,” writes online magazine in its review of “Perfect Days”. 

The Nippon Foundation devoted the same dedication and commitment to developing the 17 public toilets that Hirayama cleans that are part of THE TOKYO TOILET Project. People in Japan are also often reluctant to use public restrooms, even though the standards are much higher, and these facilities are much cleaner than in Germany. The 17 toilet pavilions are definitely worth seeing – featuring inviting, modern architecture and hygienic, fully accessible facilities. The toilets are designed to be safe and clean at any time of day or night and easy for everyone to use, whatever their gender, age or physical ability. As Japan’s leading manufacturer of sanitary ceramics, TOTO played a key advisory role in the project and designed the interiors of these spaces.

TOTO products play a role

THE TOKYO TOILET Project facilities that main character Hirayama so carefully cleans are equipped with a wide variety of TOTO solutions. They are long-lasting, accessible, easy to clean and meet the highest standards of hygiene – even for public toilets. They make it possible for every guest to feel welcome and comfortable. Even TOTO’s shower toilet WASHLET is found at these facilities.

Coming to cinemas 21 December 2023

Cinemas throughout Germany will start showing “Perfect Days” on 21 December 2023. The film marks Wim Wenders’ return to Japan after nearly four decades: He filmed “Tokyo-Ga” there in 1985. The German director earned global acclaim with movies like “Paris, Texas” and “Wings of Desire”.
“Perfect Days” was also submitted for Oscar consideration and will compete for Best International Film in March 2024.

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TOTO, one of the world’s leading sanitary ware companies, has an unwavering focus on people and their well-being. Established in Kitakyushu, Japan in 1917, TOTO has been developing, producing and marketing its comprehensive high-end bathroom concepts for the European market since 2009. The company aims to create a new attitude towards life through regeneration, comfort and hygiene, integrating technologies into their product designs in a smart, nearly invisible way. Japan’s leading manufacturer in the sector, TOTO offers a comprehensive range of products including ceramic sanitary ware, faucets and accessories. The company can now look back on over 40 years of developing and manufacturing WASHLET and has sold over 60 million units worldwide to date. TOTO supports the development of a fully emission-free society and is very committed to sustainability: By joining the RE100 initiative, TOTO Group will convert all of its facilities to power from sustainable energy sources by the year 2040. The company also received certification from the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBT) to reduce greenhouse gases in line with the Paris Agreement, and to systematically cut CO2 emissions further on this basis. TOTO employs 36,000 people world-wide.

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