Friday 4 October 2019


We enjoyed considering these award-winning laundromats (koinrandorī) and honourable-mentions of Japan’s annual competition, prizes awarded for overall excellence, design (pictured the flagship outlet of the chain Eco Laundry in Shizuoka Prefecture) and user-experience.
The top prize was given to a combination hair salon and laundry service that let patrons start their washing while having their hair cut, and this clever time-saver reminded me of la laverie automatique we spied in the parking lot of a supermarché in France not too long ago. For both schemes, I think it might take some test-runs to synchronise the chores.