Sunday, April 8, 2012

Potty Talk

I just returned from a trip to Asia
this is the kind of picture you'd expect to see:
not this, right?
I'm sure a therapist would have concerns about me-
but I'm fascinated with  modern Japanese toilets.
Specifically the TOTO brand
The one above had English labels (unfortunately it was at the end of the trip).
There's a lot of detailed instruction to read, 
luckily some of it's illustrated.
The problem:
In public bathrooms with multiple stalls, polite Japanese women were discretely flushing while taking care of business if other stalls were occupied.
 Big waste of water:  
Thus this solution:
the etiquette button
A hand activated motion sensor plays a recorded water flushing sound.
note: instructions also in braille.
I'm told this does not exist in the men's bathrooms.
My hotel room control panel:
heated seat, exhaust, air freshener
yes I pushed all the buttons

And if you're shopping in Japan with children
you're in luck
Is this genius or what?
a flip down kid seat
of course a kid holder and changing table 
with instructions 
of course
 But if after all this you still prefer the old way,
it's still available.


Sequana said...

This is one of the most interesting posts I've ever seen. It just demonstrates how far "behind" we are in this country. What must the Japanese women think of us when they travel here?

Melinda said...

When I clicked on this in my feed I didn't realize who posted it..too funny! I love it!

Cherie said...

OMG What great toilet! Why can't they have toilets like that in our countries! Some public bathrooms are very questionable! =D

Mark said...

Thanks for sharing - we don't get to chat much but I'm glad to see your trip was fun too!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness! This is hilarious. And informative. ha! Thank you for sharing.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Oh gosh I just found your blog and went scrolling through. I lived in Japan for a year and used some very rustic bathroom facilities and lots of them are co-ed. There are stories better left private. Odd how toilets bring back memories! It's obvious you have a good sense of humor. :o)