One of the things that got me very excited the first time I went to Japan were their high-tech toilets. I have heard so much about them being one of a kind that I was dying to try them.
Now I may not be the most sanitary nor fastidious person in the world, but clean, beautiful toilets top my list of absolute neccessities wherever I go. Particularly in less developed countries, I tend to veer towards brand new, higher end hotels, never mind that I have to fork out more money. When I have got to go, it has to be in a pristine environment, not cracked walls and yellow toilet bowls (or worse, cockroaches scuttling across the floor) - yeeesh!
The Japanese obviously share my sentiments. They have brought toilet technology to a level not seen around the world. The toilet seats can warm your butt in winter, wash your bum in varying degrees of water pressure, then blow-dry, play music in public so other members of the public cannot hear you doing the dirty, etc. You can find them in the smallest towns, family owned restaurants, traditional ryokans - EVERYWHERE.
Like WOW, why is it not exported to Singapore?!?! Or anywhere else for that matter? Too difficult and/or expensive to maintain? Too many electrical components hence people are afraid of being electrocuted in their seats (Electrical toilet bowl - hahaha)? Or just simply most people other than the Japanese view going to the toilet as something base, rather than an art? Such a neccessary part of our lives, and so easily dismissed. Samurai T is a culprit - he finds the Jap toilets way too fanciful, but I think secretly he does not really know how to operate those buttons (snigger).
I think I may have a new business idea. Let me go ponder more on my toilet seat.
P.S. Sumimasen to those who may be offended by this post!