I visited Japan several years ago, one of the things that both
shocked and amazed me, was the bizarre toilets that they have over
there. The weird toilets came in one of two categories 1) old fashioned, Japanese"squat"
toilets and 2) ultra futuristic western style "washlet" toilets.
toilet basically looks like a urinal, laid on its back, mounted
on the ground ... kind of like a small bathtub, about 2 feet long
by ten inches wide. There is no seat to sit on, so the way you
use these toilets is to squat over them and then let your doody
drop into the trough.
works pretty good for peeing (at least for guys), but I couldn't
imagine taking a dump on one of those things ... I need to sit
and think or read for a while before I can have really satisfying results.
"Futuristic" washlet toilets are like something out
of Star Trek. My wife's family has this toilet that has a built-in electric seat
warmer, a built in radio, a little nozzle that squirts water to wash your
arse off (like a bidet) from 4 different directions, and a built in hot
air dryer that blows warm air to dry off your rear after the washing. The
toilet is controlled by a keypad on an arm next to the seat, and the whole
thing is computer programmable.
example, if you know that you get up at 6:00 every morning and
you don't like to sit on a cold toilet seat, you can program the
toilet to warm up the seat to a specific temperature at 6 am,
so you can park your naked, sleepy ass on a toasty, warm toilet
controls (except the flush handle obviously) were all in Japanese,
so I was kind of experimenting and pushing buttons without knowing
what they did, and the toilet actually "talked" too. You'd push a button,
and a polite, female pre-recorded voice would respond in Japanese.
Japanese isn't all that good, so I couldn't tell what the toilet
was "saying", but I imagined something like "Prease
to be parking honorable ass on seat! All warm now! Prease to have
preasant experience! Thank you velly much!".