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Let us spray

Posted in Far East Cruise 2007, Japan, Kyoto, Travel by Dennis Wright on April 13, 2008

Our trip to the Far East took in extremes of lavatorial experience, from China’s stinking holes in the ground to Japan’s hi-techiest loos.

Our hotel in Kyoto, the Hyatt Regency, gave us ample opportunity to sample the latter. The room itself was modern, smart and clean as you might imagine.

Kyoto hotel toilet control

But the control panel on the wall by the loo reveals more about the hi-techery at ones fingertips.

Kyoto hotel toilet control

The toilet itself, manufactured by Toto, features a spray device just below the rim at the back. At the touch of a button it sprays you intimately for deeply personal cleanliness with a variety of options for spray force and pattern.

There is a sensor to ensure the toilet is occupied before enabling the spray function, which makes perfect sense, but Naomi and I were curious to see the spray mechanism in operation and fooled the sensor by putting a hand in front of it. Pressing a button on the panel resulted in the emergence of a miniature canon, its sliding motion reminiscent of the Alien’s ominously dripping jaws, followed by the release of a thin powerful jet which, in the absence of any human anatomical structures to offer a target, left a small but very damp patch on the wall. Woops. Oh, well. It dried soon enough.

If you want one of these, Toto electronic loos are available outside Japan, but they are not cheap.

We had been worried about loo trips in Japan because the traditional design is the squat toilet, but western sit-down loos are gradually taking over. They do love their electronics though. In one restaurant we came across a loo that has a button for generating a flushing noise even when you are not flushing. I’m sure there is a really good reason for this but I’m not sure I’ve thought of one yet.

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  1. Imperiousness said, on June 19, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Imperiousness.

  2. Dennis Wright said, on April 13, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve found the answer to the flush-noise button.

    “The company has also released models that make flushing sounds to mask its customer’s bodily functions and others that include stereo units and emit fragrances.”


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