Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Symbols for Large and Small

08.29LAToliet-1 by sleepytako
A toilet in the LAX Marriott - August, 2011


Most Japanese toilets have a two way flushing mechanism allowing the user to choose between large, marked with the kanji , or small, marked with .  It seemed natural. It’s a great way to save water and money. Why hadn’t these toilets been introduced in Tucson or Los Angeles where water is scarce? A definite problem would be what symbols to use for and .

My problem, as the solution in the photo shows, was that I was trying to do a direct translation of to large and to small. I failed to consider the mechanics of the device itself. Large would flush the entire tank while small would flush, more or less, half.

For more about human/landscape/object relations see: Future Perfect.

3 comments:

angryparsnip said...

This is one of the easiest way for people/cities to conserve water, it is a no-brainer. Beats putting a brick in the tank.

cheers, parsnip

Principessa said...

Yeah hello! We could definitely use the in Phoenix area!

Japan Australia said...

Yes, it is a great way to conserve water and we have a similar method in Australia. In Victoria we have been on water restrictions the last few years.

Japan Australia