This with heated toilet seats – what a magical thing. Most toilets in Japan are heated and some seats even plays water sounds that will make your needs to go smoother or some birds singing their hearts out.
But there was also the traditional Japanese style of toilets – with no seats at all …. and it wasn’t always a choice of Western style or Japanese – so it was back to nature a couple of time, not easy for a stiff old body like mine – but it had to work. Forgotten to put Oscar to work in a Japanese style toilet, so this images is borrowed from mylostintranslation.com – thank you.
It didn’t matter what kind of toilet we visit, they where all spotless – even the public toilets, that most of the time didn’t have hand soap or hand driers/hand paper. All Japanese ladies had their own hand towel in their handbag.
I suppose that looking at ladies restrooms all over the world – they becomes very messy with the hand soap that goes all over the hand basins and all the paper that goes everywhere instead of in the waste bins. Why are ladies restrooms always in such a mess????
The posh Japanese toilet seats also have options of after rinse, hot or cold spray or rinse – and it was lovely when the warm water took care of the cleaning, but for my “sorry ass” it created server pain, so I had to stop using that “service”.
Another thing that amazed me was the “parking slots” for umbrellas that could be find at hotel, undergrounds and office. You rent a holder for your umbrella that you lock with a key. That made me realize that it rains a lot in Japan, not only because we were unlucky with the weather.
It was pure magic to see that so soon some raindrops start falling every person suddenly had an umbrella. All hotels, restaurants and some shops offered umbrellas to their customer – even if you didn’t bring it back. You can leave it somewhere in a stand if it stopped raining. Just like with rental cars. Pick up and return don’t have to be the same place.
Most people use clear plastic umbrellas … but that didn’t help much – they still didn’t look where they were going, just like in the rest of the world. I personal hate umbrellas because people don’t really care how they handle it and so many times they are close to poke eyes out. No difference in Japan.
Poor Oscar he was hit by an umbrella belonging to a young Japanese lady and he flew across the pavement – my heart stopped for a couple of seconds – but he just carried on as normal.
An other thing that amazed me is that there is no public waste bin what so ever …. not in Tokyo or any other place we visit, but the pavements and streets are spotless – no cigarette butts or chewing gums …. people bring home their waste or to work. So we had our waste bags too. It was nearly impossible to find anywhere to get rid of the waste.
“Going around under an umbrella interferes
with one’s looking up at the sky.”
Japanese style toilet image provided by and thanks to; mylostintranslation.com