This is our very own Toto. If you have never visited Japan, you cannot imagine the joys of Japanese loos. Nor their complexity. But it is so worthwhile to spend a while mastering the art of using them, because this will lead to a thoroughly wonderful experience. You’re not in Kansas anymore.
These are not so much fun. Be careful not to go into the wrong stall (sign may read: Japanese style). And if you do: well done! It was worth working those quads at the gym. Just make sure you face – backwards – and hang onto your purse, above ground level.
What could be more useful if you have a child with you? A child seat! (Or, put your backpack, carrier bags, etc. in it!) These are to be seen in most public loos in parks and department stores.
Now: the instructions. These can take some time to de-cypher. (Feel free to zoom in . . . ) Here are some to work on:
I will supply a translation/explanation to this diagram upon request! This way, I will surely know who is reading our blog. And one thing I would like to know: is it Spring yet? Does this one apply still?
And next – our all time favorite has to be this. Who knew?
But seriously. There is nothing better than knowing it is a clean, dry, safe place with a warm seat. Best ever for me was on a very cold day, after a few too many Ebisu beers and green teas, and a very long walk which ended up in a vast cemetery where I found a small, perfect retreat with every imaginable comfort including a button to play soft music which may disguise any possible embarrassing sounds.
This may be my last photo of cherry blossoms. What a perfect way to celebrate! Thank you to the Raku Museum, Kyoto, for their attention to detail.