Escape of the Week: The Japanese Toilet Controls

Written by on October 12, 2011 in Asia, Destinations - 4 Comments

When I landed in Narita for my (surprisingly long, thank you United) stopover, the first thing I did was head to the bathroom. Nine-plus hours on a plane will do that to you. I wanted to take a look at myself in the mirror, see how haggard more than 12 hours of traveling had made me. And, of course, I had to use the bathroom.

Aside from not having any Yen, I also didn’t  have my backpack, so actually using the restroom was mercifully easy.

When I walked into the stall, I was greeted with the most amazing thing I have ever seen in a bathroom: an entire control panel on the side of the toilet with crazy things, like a remote controlled bidet that allows the user to dictate the pressure of the stream; a fake flusher … just in case you need some noise to drown out some other noise; and, a deodorizer after you’ve used the fake flusher.

Sheer brilliance.

It’s not the best photo ever, but I’m pretty the awesomeness is clearly conveyed.

America … when do we get these bad boys?

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Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Spain. Previously, she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked for Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park, an organization dedicated to rescuing elephants and raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. A former career breaker and long term solo traveler,  today, Diana is a responsible elephant tourism expert and is the co-founder of #RTTC, the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, which includes a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. She has spoken about responsible tourism at TBEX and has appeared as an elephant tourism expert in numbers documentaries. Recently, Diana was featured in an episode of House Hunters International. Her writing has appeared in About.com, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel and more.

4 Comments on " Escape of the Week: The Japanese Toilet Controls "

  1. walkingon travels October 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm · Reply

    Having been on that same United flight with delays, I know how you felt when you finally hit Narita. The bathrooms are amazing though. Changing rooms, gorgeous toilets, and clean sinks. What more could a girl want? As for the toilets, of boy! When we were in Kyoto and Osaka we had a blast playing with all the functions. My favorite is the auto seat warmer. God forbid your bum get cold huh?

  2. Nikki October 13, 2011 at 2:34 am · Reply

    Wow that is one fancy toilet! Quite nice to see actually after all that traveling haha :)

    • The Adventures of D October 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm · Reply

      Isn’t it?!?! It was awesome. I wanted to play with it, but didn’t want to be obnoxious. And, that toilet has some serious ability to be super obnoxious!

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