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The twelfth of my images of Japan collection November 19, 2006

Posted by urbanblue in Images of Japan.

Now this may seem like an odd choice of topic, and possibly not in the best taste, but the Japanese toilet is a modern marvel.

They play music to disguise any disconcerting noises, they wash you in all sorts of places that I am certainly not going to list here, they have heated seats for your “cheeky” comfort, they have non-touch flushing so you don’t have to put your hands anywhere that others have been (and that extends to the taps, the soap, and even the toilet seat itself sometimes – you don’t actually touch anything). All in all it’s more like a fun day out than a quick run in to spend a penny. That being said, many have come a cropper by being flummoxed by the sheer number of buttons and gizmos, and have left the cubicle soaking wet and more than a little mortified having been sprayed from all directions. You have been warned.

The other end of this is of course the really old fashioned asian-style squatter, which is still very prominent in older buildings and train stations. Least said about these the better.

Which button is the flush?!



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