|How do I get out of here? Oh, thank goodness there's a map.|
I'm sure this comes in handy if you become so totally lost in the bathroom that you can't find your way from the loo to the sinks. Or perhaps it's so you know you're waiting in line for 5 Western toilets and 2 squat potties.
On the outside of each stall, there are icons showing you what's inside. Door #1: Squat potty. Door #2 Western potty. I bet you can guess which one I was waiting for. But wait! What are all those other icons? I chose the one with the most signs.
|Top to bottom: Western toilet, baby rest, washlet|
Moms of babies and toddlers will surely appreciate the baby rest. I've seen a few in the USA, but these seem to be better constructed. Plus, it frees up your hands to play with all the washlet functions.
|My girl was bummed that she was too old to try this out.|
Ahhh, the washlet. The highlight of the Japanese toilet experience. For some reason, I actually looked into installing one in my Texas bathroom. It was over US$1000!!! That's just for the fancy seat, not the toilet itself. Needless to say, I decided against it.
|Who needs to read on the throne when you can play with all this?|
The controls are within easy reach just to the right of the seat. Information overload. What do all those icons mean? Never fear. "How to Use" instructions for "Equipment to cleansing the buttocks with warm water" are posted on the wall.
I can attest that the pink button, 3rd from the left, does not raise you up into the air on a geyser of water as the picture suggests. The musical note button, furthest to the right, plays a recorded flushing noise. Supposedly, Japanese women would be so embarrassed by the noise of any bodily function that they would continuously flush the toilet to cover up the sound. Now, they can just play a recording without wasting water. The washlet is 100X tidier than the flexible hose of Malaysian public toilets.
The toilet at our hotel was even fancier. It actually kind of surprised me when I opened the door, and the lid opened all by itself. I was going to post a video, but I'm guessing you can probably imagine it. There were complicated controls mounted on the wall. At first, I didn't try them out because it was all in Japanese. When you're dealing with that area of the body, you should exercise a little caution. Luckily, our other room had English translations on it.
|Controlling the most magical toilet in the world|
Its many features included:
- Unisex soft spray or regular "almost an enema" spray for cleansing of the backside
- Bidet cleansing for the ladies
- Oscillating water action
- Water massage (pulsating action)
- Water pressure control
- Adjustable nozzle position
- Power deodorizer
- Seat warmer (plus a warning not to accidentally burn yourself)
- Gentle air drying
- Dual action flushing
- Button for raising/lowering the lid
- Button for raising the seat
- Automatic flushing
Given how hi-tech their toilets are, I was glad to see that at least I understood the basic usage of the Western toilet. Those who are accustomed to squat toilets (also available in many Japanese public restrooms), may have had a harder time with the rudimentary details, so signs were posted for those as well.
|What to do? Oh, I see. Lower one part and sit on it.|
This one's my favorite. It's from the Mount Fuji First Station lavatory that featured foam flushing instead of water flushing.
|Does the person in the top right have|
any chance of successfully hitting the target?