Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Control panel on our toilet
Cute penguin on water faucet attached to our toilet
Okay, so here's a topic I haven't really given much attention to in my blog, and I really should have, but it's such a HUGE topic that I don't even really know where to begin---Japanese toilets.
Before I came to visit Zach the first time, I stressed out really bad because I had heard that the public toilets in Japan consist basically of a hole in the floor. I have since learned that not ALL public restrooms are outfitted with the squat-at-your-own-risk variety. Most have standard Western-style toilets too. I have had to use the squat toilet, and while it's not my idea of a fun time, I am proud to say that I can use one without peeing all over myself.
Anyhoo, enough about my skills. Back to toilets. As with so many things in Japan, they add improvements and features to everyday objects that would blow your mind, and the Western-style toilet is no exception. Our toilets in our house here are the Cadillacs of toilets. I am not kidding. Zach is already talking about buying one at a home store and taking it back to the States with us!
So what can these toilets do? Well, my favorite feature is the heated seat. There are also bidet options for both men and women, air ventilation, and all kinds of other features that I don't know because the control panels are in Japanese and I haven't translated them yet! Check out my photos if you don't believe me. At the top of the tank is a water faucet. When you flush, clean water comes out of the faucet and refills the tank through a small hole at the top of the tank. I think this is so clever, because you can conserve water by washing your hands with the water that is used to refill the tank. Our faucet happens to have the cutest little penguin attached to it, as you can see in the photo. Carlina gave it to us. The water flows through it and spins a little lever, and it makes the penguin flap his wings. So cute! And no, Carol, I'm not getting rid of it.
Wikipedia has a huge entry on Japanese toilets if you want to learn more and see a picture of a squat toilet---http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_toilet.
Many public restrooms have really crazy features that we don't have at home, like a button that you can push that makes the sound of flushing. And an anti-bacterial soap dispenser that you can use to wipe down the toilet seat.
Well, I think this is enough toilet talk for one day. Bidet to you! Ha! Ha!
Posted by Ellen at 4:26 PM