Kae asked me if I'd tried out the toilet, I must admit I was a
bit non-plussed. As far as I knew there had been no change in
our "toire", it had been functioning just fine doing
everything that toilets are supposed to do (i.e. flush). However,
what I hadn't realised was that earlier that day the great Beginning
of Winter Plugging in Ceremony had been performed. Intruiged,
I took my seat to find it pleasently warm - but this came as no
great surprise as most modern toilets in Japan are heated.
then turned to the 10-buttoned remote control nestled in its cradle
on the wall above the loo roll. Although of course I'd spent many
hours with my eyes upon it, I had never had the opportunity to
experience the delights behind the buttons.
I thought that the remote batteries must be flat as there was
no reaction when the buttons were prodded.
further inspection of the toilet seat revealed that it is had
a pressure switch to prevent accidental flooding of the bathroom.
With a foot on the seat and camera in hand, I tried again. A motor
rapidly kicked in causing a pipe to shoot out of the back of the
bowl - warm water was then squirted all over my trousers as I
attempted to simoultaneously capture the above action shot AND
press the all-important STOP button.
I have since
discovered the use for the other buttons: there's the water pressure
up/down selectors, the temperature control, and more intruigingly,
a "Massage" setting. This does exactly what it suggests:
massages your bottom - you can even select your favourite rythmn
from the various types on offer.
of modern technoloy... what will they come up with next?