Today, my friend Merri and I, went to check out the Aeon Mall, in the neighboring town of Hinode. We heard that they had a great play area for kids, so what better activity for a rainy day. The play area was, in fact, awesome (no surprise there), and the kids loved it!
The real crowd favorite was the balloon room. Just a bunch of balloons and some air blowing made the balloons float. Every so often you would hear one POP! (I am sure that is why the US wouldn’t have anything like this- someone would deem it too dangerous!)
After play time was over we headed to the nearest restroom for a potty break. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked in. It was amazing! I also loved how it was located just steps from the play area. I can’t tell you the number of times, when my girls were toddlers, that we had to leave the play area and walk to the other end of the mall and through a department store for the inevitable diaper change, which would eat up 20 minutes of playtime. This matters to a mom!
Another bottle warmer machine, lots of wipes for spills and also hand wipes. Not to mention the little sink. So many things to help a mother, and it is not like the Japanese have huge families. It seems as though the US designs things to check the box, while here, so much thought is put into what the life of the user might be like and what would be helpful in said life. It has really been eye opening.
So, sorry for another bathroom blog, but I just had to share!