When you've been a lot of places, you've "gone" a lot of places, but where is the best place to go? I have been privileged to be able to tour on four continents. By plane, train, car, or bus, no matter the method of travel, sometimes you have to make a pit stop. There is one amazing restroom that will always stand out in my mind as the best of all. What country wins the prize for privy perfection? Japan.
Now, I know you are thinking, "Yea, yea, we've all heard of those robot toilets." My dears you may have heard of them, but have you experienced them? Besides that is not all. Let me paint you a picture.
As you approach, huge, frosted, clean, bright doors slide open as if you were entering a futuristic space vessel. You enter and come around a curve, for added privacy to see a large sign. Upon inspection, you realize it is a map of the restroom detailing stall locations and toilet types in each. There are squatty potties, American toilets, Toto toilets, and special stalls with extra space and a sink for people with medical needs (like colostomy bags). On top of all that, there are red and green LEDs that show which stalls are vacant and which are occupied for added efficiency. It also helps because the old "peek under the door to check for feet" trick won't work here as the doors extend almost completely to the floor for added privacy.
Squatty potties take a little practice to get used too, but are said to be great for movement alignment. They resemble a urinal if it was mounted in the floor. As the name states, you simple squat over it with one foot on either side, easy peasy.
American toilets, as there are labeled in the region, are just that. They are just like something you would find in a typical home in the U.S. One feature most have for added efficiency is the low power or high power flush option depending on your requirements.
For the piece de resistance, the automated toilet (Toto is a brand name and most commonly heard of.) is an awesome luxury. Some people avoid the bidet option, mostly due to lack of experience and don't appreciate how many trees it can help save. There are a variety of options on these. Most have front and back wash with adjustable oscillation and temperature. Others have seat warmers, in bowl lighting, dryers, and even an option for music to play to cover any bodily noises and help eliminate stress for shy eliminators.
Amazing, efficient, bright, clean, and so many options! What could be more of a relief when relieving yourself? Enjoy your evacuations!
Rayna Moore -
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