Flushing mad

For most of us, a toilet is simply a toilet. We use it on a daily basis when we feel the need and do so with little expectation for comforts or special treatments. In Japan it seems that there is a kind of toilet obsession taking over and no longer are the Japanese content with a toilet that flushes properly every time. These days there have been many modifications made to the humble porcelain throne by the Japanese and toilets can now not only flush away what they were designed to dispose of but also do other interesting tasks such as wash and dry your private regions , raise and lower its own seat, play music and even check the users blood pressure.

Another wonderful addition to the regular everyday toilet we are used to is that some of these modified futuristic toilets even come with a seat heating function which would be absolute bliss in the cooler months. When you take into consideration the fact that the Japanese once used a toilet that required them to squat down into a somewhat awkward position, it comes as no surprise that they wanted something bigger and better which eventuated into more and more upgrades being made. In a world where most countries find artworks or structural design as the most desirable aspects of a home Japan stands out as being the country where the toilet is very desired and indicative of social status. The most basic high-function toilet will still come with a heated seat and a control panel. The ability to use a toilet which not only opens and closes its own lid but also flushes itself, is extremely effective in helping reduce the amount of germ transfer which is common in toilets.

Many of these high tech public Japanese bathrooms also have sinks, taps and soap dispensers where the tap and soap dispenser work via a sensor which eliminates the need for users to physically touch them. It is rather important that overseas tourists who plan on travelling to Japan for a holiday or business trip for the first time keep in mind that almost everywhere they go there will be some sort of advanced toilet that they will need to use at some point during their stay. For the unknowing user a sudden squirt of water up the backside and a blow-dry could give quite an unexpected fright especially if you have stood up too soon and find yourself drenched from the jet of toilet water that was meant to clean you off. One very intriguing question though is why has this craze not spread throughout the world?

The Japanese are happily sitting on nicely warmed toilets which play relaxing music as you go about your business and yet most of us in other countries worldwide still find ourselves sitting on a cold toilet seat during the winter with only the sound of running toilet water to set the atmosphere. Just why this is the case I personally am not sure but in a world where multitasking and time management is becoming increasingly important there is a good chance that one of these remote control toilets could be hitting the shores near you sooner than you think.