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08 September 2010 @ 08:29 am
Japanese Loos  
Almost the first thing B asked me when I skyped home from Japan was "what are the loos like?"

There were indeed most impressive.



The above is the loo in my hotel room. Note the control panel at the side. This, combined with the low cistern does make the loos rather long. In the stalls at airports and similar places it was often quite a shuffle to get in because the loo, itself, was taking up so much room. Heated loo seats though, I must say, are very pleasant.


This is a close up of the control panel on the loo at the convention centre. I have to confess I never had the guts to explore the difference between spray and bidet, let alone investigate which water pressure I preferred.

And yes the button marked `flushing sound' does exactly that, with volume control. It doesn't actually flush the loo (the flush was concealed elsewhere). B was fascinated by this information and Made Enquiries. Apparently loos in public places (like the convention centre - my hotel loo didn't have a flushing sound) were found to be using excessive amounts of water because people were inclined to flush the toilet unnecessarily in order to drown out any other embarrassing noises they might happen to be making. Hence the provision of a flushing sound button.

So I hope you all now feel more enlightened than you did before reading this!!


This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/18156.html.
 
 
 
fredbassettfredbassett on September 8th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
Wow, that's scary! Is simple loo paper an option or not?
inamacinamac on September 8th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
I believe there are versions with a 'warm air' option - so the answer would appear to be 'no'.

I want know when Louise is going to explore the porny opportunities of this research.
louisedennislouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
I consider the pornographic opportunities to be a gift to the community. I have to assume that in the world of denial, the ARC loos probably need that `flushing sound' button though.
inamac: connorinamac on September 8th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)
Which Connor has undoubtedly reprogrammed to play the sound of a roaring T Rex...
louisedennis: primevallouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
It wouldn't surprise me if he hasn't programmed each loo differently. After a particularly bad mission in which all comers require comfort following the hurt, the place probably sounds like an entire prehistoric zoo...
fredbassettfredbassett on September 8th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
I think that needs to be written!
louisedennislouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
You are welcome to the bunny *g*
fredbassett: goodbyefredfredbassett on September 8th, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
Just so I can use my new icon, I'm now going to yell RITE MOAR!!! RITE MOAR!!!
lukadreaming: Ryan shoutinglukadreaming on September 8th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
ROFL! *Someone* is going to have to write that fic, and soon . . . *g*.
fredbassettfredbassett on September 8th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
It has to be done, and I think we need to gang up on Louise.
louisedennis: primevallouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
I do not think that pre-historic orchestra accompanied loo orgy porn plays to my strengths as a writer.

I defer to you and luka, and possibly fifi.
lukadreaming: Ryan shoutinglukadreaming on September 8th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
But you know *all* about these fancy loos and we couldn't possibly do them justice . . .!
louisedennislouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
I'll fade to black and then you would all come after me with pitchforks.
lukadreaminglukadreaming on September 8th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Might do, might not do *g*.
fredbassett: goodbyefredfredbassett on September 8th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
It's clearly high time you stretched yourself as a writer. *serious nod*
louisedennislouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
I definitely can't manage hurt/comfort pre-historic orchestra accompanied loo orgy porn.
fredbassettfredbassett on September 8th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
That's ok, you can leave the hurt/comfort bit out.
fififolle: Primeval - LMAOfififolle on September 8th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
LMAO!! I'm really not sure I'm up to it either *g*

*giggles insanely at fred's comment below*
louisedennislouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
I've been trying and failing to come up with a suitably witty response all day.

I think I may just have to leave Fred with the last word, even if I have absolutely no intention of writing the porn for her.
fififolle: Primeval - LMAOfififolle on September 8th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
I've been trying and failing to come up with a suitably witty response all day.

*looks at fred's comment*
There are no words, really. *g*
louisedennislouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
There was loo paper everywhere I went, though everywhere I went had a reasonable expectation that foreigners might visit.

Just as well given my timidity about the spray and bidet buttons.
fredbassettfredbassett on September 8th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
I've never been wholly convinced about jets of water up the arse, and elsewhere!
reggietate: wtfreggietate on September 8th, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)
I've heard of hi-tech, but this is taking it a bit too far :-D
louisedennislouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
I was tempted to think that although, as I said, the warm seat I could have got used to.
fififolle: O RLY? - Captain Harrisfififolle on September 8th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God. And we thought the *British* were obsessed with toilets. Amusingly, I have actually seen *other* pictures of a Japanese loo, as my brother was sufficiently impressed on a trip of his to take them also. I think his model had less functions *g*

Hope stuff is going okay :)
louisedennislouisedennis on September 8th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Stuff is fine, especially now I've been back a few days. But its the first time I've really felt a huge relief at getting home. I sort of regret not enjoying it more, but there's a point where work is work even if it's somewhere exciting like Japan.
fififolle: Primeval - Connor *faints*fififolle on September 8th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Travel can be very stressful!
MysteriousAliWays: Primeval - Connor Whuh?mysteriousaliwz on September 8th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
I am very impressed. I've never seen a loo with a volume control before.

The 'powerful deodorizer' sounds rather intimidating!
louisedennislouisedennis on September 9th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
The volume control was particularly surreal.