Potty Parity, attempt to improve lives female audience | Joji Hattori | TEDxBeaconStreet

This is an entertaining talk by violinist and conductor Joji Hattori, a classical musician who has decided to do something about the long waiting lines in front of the Ladies’ Restrooms, witnessed during intermissions of every concert he has given all over the world.
Joji’s talk begins with a short musical presentation, then he explains why the floor space ratio between men’s and women’s toilets is completely wrong in most public buildings, especially in event venues where toilet visits are concentrated on certain times.
Various toilet floor plans were drawn by the speaker himself, who is aware that most of the current legislation and architects already address the critical toilet space for the disabled. Therefore, the focus of this talk is only about the ratio between men’s and women’s space in public toilets.
The music: “Marche miniature Viennoise” by Fritz Kreisler, Joji Hattori – violin, Saskia Giorgini – piano; Specials thanks to Carl Fisher Music for their contribution.
All caricature illustrations: by Mathias Jan Daxner
Photo credits:
“The Japanese and their toilets” (photo of Kourei Mitama facing a Toto toilet ©ARMZ Inc.),
photo of Arthur Torres ©Gage Skidmore,
photo of Joji Hattori ©Jeff Mangione
Joji Hattori (*1969) was born in Japan but grew up in Vienna (Austria). After winning the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in 1989 he embarked on an international career as a violin soloist. After a decade of touring the world with his violin, Joji decided that he would want to become a conductor and managed to win one of the major prizes at the 2002 Lorin Maazel Conducting Competition in New York. In 2004 he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and is now its Principal Guest Conductor. He is also the Music Director of the Summer Operetta Festival in Kittsee (Austria) and President of the Menuhin Violin Competition. As Guest Conductor, Joji has conducted many renowned orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra London, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and at the opera houses of Vienna and Tokyo. In 2007-8 he worked as Principal Resident Conductor of the Opera House in Erfurt (Germany) and from 2015 to 2019 he served as Principal Guest Conductor and Co-Artistic Director of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra in Spain.
In addition to studying music in Austria, Germany, Holland and Russia, he spent two years at Oxford University (St Antony College) studying anthropology, researching the question of the national identity of the individual.
In 2015 Joji added another project to his life by opening a Japanese restaurant in Vienna, which earned a Michelin star in 2018. He is married to a German doctor and has a son with her. Joji’s interests include haute cuisine, architecture, interior design, history and anthropology.
#tags: #potty #gender #parity #musician #intermission #toilet #restrooms #idealist #architecture #design #regulation #conductor #Viennese #Japanese #violinist #genderequality #theater #concerthall #performancevenue This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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