So think toilets are pretty much the same in the developed world? That practices and customs are similar in this modern day and age? Not so. Every country and culture has their own way of dealing with those basic bodily needs. They have evolved over time and there is some interaction, but profound difference still abound. Americans are fastidious but the Japanese even are more so. This is reflected in the local taste for state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. While some people in the US draw the line at bidets, for example, hygiene-minded city folk in Tokyo opt for them every time. They are more than a perk. They are in public places, office buildings, and residences—whether single family or an apartment. When new construction is underway, the new standard is expected. No expense seems to be spared given the lavish units I have seen and most of the best toilets available today all seem to have been designed by Japanese companies. Rent in a condo can jump when the toilets are more than adequate.
Japanese like convenience and comfort when at their multi-day ritual like any other ethnic group. They also like hi-tech innovation having been at the forefront in electronics for decades. Their toilets and hybrid bidets should have programmable settings. Low-flushing capacity that is fast, noiseless, and water-saving is ideal. A bidet should have controlled temperatures to meet even the most pernickety of needs. An air dryer is more than a fancy add-on. Many find it is a prerequisite. No rolls of unsightly toilet paper rolls for the advanced in spirit. No old-fashioned levers. It is either one push button or hands-free. You don’t want to tax yourself any more than you have to in your private space!
There are many top brands like TOTO that make these high performance marvels designed to improve the quality of life around the world. They have literally changed the vision of what a bathroom can be. The company is over one hundred years old with decades of mind-blowing innovation. They have been major contributors to research and development. Japan’s rich heritage in ceramics can be seen in their fine line of products.
There are, amazingly, one and two-piece with additional wall hung models. The “washlet” is what you really need to know about. This is the part that supplies the flushing, air drying, and advanced features of the higher-end toilets. You can pay up to $5,000 for the works as seen in special elongated one-piece units. This is the height of modernity, my friend! Tankless and low profile, the water wizard sits in your bathroom with grace and aplomb. The washlet is built right in. No need to add it on. What’s more, it has cyclone flushing action and SanaGloss glazing. You will not hear a peep while it refills, which is magically instantaneous. You get front and rear warm water washing (but of course) and a deodorizer after the air drying. TOTO makes art, not just bathroom fixtures.
Guess what. The lid opens and closes automatically and the toilet bowl is cleaned upon flushing. There is nothing you have to do but use it. The sensors take care of everything else. Sit and enjoy.