Saturday, June 15, 2013
Japan's toilet technology bows to no nation
Japan is obsessed with cleanliness. They hand out wet ones before every meal (no matter how modest). Their subways are so clean they have legit restaurants in them. And they care a lot about their restrooms. Here is a gallery of typical toilets that we encountered:
(Above) This is a pretty typical Japanese toilet. You can see a zoom in on the control panel below.
built into a urinal! The game I played was basically just to see how long you could... um... relieve yourself for. The animated cherub below...
So after all of this impressive porcelain, you could image my surprise when I found this: a literal hole in the ground. Dianna said they were called "Eastern toilets" and that she had found them before in Italy. You squat over it and hold on to the railing (if provided) and just go. There's a high pressure water jet that shoots horizontally after you're done to clean it out. It was pretty brutal. We saw Japanese people enter these stalls, take one look and then turn around and find another. This one was in a metro station.