when it comes to toilets , the japanese have us beat !
they have developed the simple construction of the lowly loo into the sphere of industrial art ... and convenience .
having seen some of the small japanese apartments (in documentaries) , i wonder if the modern loos leave any room for a kitchen , bed and livingroom ?
The art of the toilet in Japan
Duncan Bartlett discovers how, when it comes to lavatories, Japan is a step ahead of the rest of the world.
No country takes toilets quite so seriously as Japan.
Machines with heated seats, built-in bidets and a dynamic range of flushing options are almost ubiquitous in homes and public buildings.
A poem recently published by a stressed-out salary man captured their comforting appeal with haiku-like brevity. "The only warmth is my life is the toilet seat," he mourned.
But lavatories here can do much more than keep you warm. One even sends a tiny electrical charge through the user's buttocks to check their body-fat ratio.
The master of the modern convenience is the Panasonic Corporation.
At its Tokyo showroom, located in a skyscraper near the BBC's office, a group of smart young women, dressed in uniforms resembling flight attendants, showed me the company's latest wares.
The lids lifted up when I approached. If I stood in front of one, it took a guess at my gender and lifted up the seat as well.
There was a loo that glowed in the dark and another that had built-in loudspeakers.
With manicured fingernails, the demonstrator pushed the control panel beside the seat and gentle light classical music began to play.
i wonder if "gentle" will change to "loud" as required ?
for complete article and illustrations see :
panasonic's "high-tec" toilet
canada's "low-tec" outhouse - no wiring required !