Daily Archives: September 17, 2014

Japanese Toilet Marvels

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.

I’ve been attacked by a Poke-spore

I’m a nice peaceful person. Just let me be. I don’t relish being attacked by anything; but then again if it’s Pokémon, it’s okay. I’m a super fan as you might already know. In my book, Pokémon can do no wrong in any of its incarnations, and there are many. Rumor has it there are 17 different seasons of the beloved game. Who can remember all the plots and wily machinations. I can spend hours watching TV or playing the video games. I’ve got skills and moves.

When a new game bursts on the scene, I’m right there – first in line (or should I say online). I’m at it so much that I risk being attacked by a spore that could put me to sleep. You heard right. These spores are scattered from mushrooms, so beware of their inherent magical power. It does not bring good things. Pokémon beings wear goggles to fend them off. I might not be so lucky. Even if I do sport glasses for safety, I could get toenail fungus. Sleep would be an improvement over that. (Mushrooms, fungus, get it?) Wouldn’t that be a new twist on an old game move! There would be no immunity and players would have to get treatment to prevent a dangerous infestation or worse yet, an epidemic. In fact, we could title the game “Epidemic” to fit in with the other wacko titles in the Pokémon arsenal.

What the heck is toe fungus? Who has it? It is nasty dark yellow goop under the nail bed. It just appears out of nowhere when you least expect it – one day, you’ll have Nice Feet and Healthy Nails and then the next, you’ll have gross yellow toenails. It can be contagious, so maybe it does come from Poke-spores. It lives under the nail, hiding in perfect bliss and never wants to leave. It resists your every move. The characters of Pokémon will have met their match if they become afflicted. If people can’t get rid of it, how can anything in the world of anime? I can give them some hints. Go online and load up on potent potions to treat toenail fungus that guarantee banishment of the dreaded fungus in no time flat. They don’t work on people, but on you – why not! Buy nail lacquer or try laser sessions. And then there are pills. Guys, you have options. Do not despair. However, this is a serious ailment requiring a multi-pronged remedy and some outlay of bucks. Pokémon fans, take heed and take action.

If I get toe fungus I am going to blame those Poke-spores sent to get me by some evil doer. I don’t even care if they know I’m an avid admirer and want to share some funky fun. A prank can become a problem as in this case. I can think of better things I want from Japanese anime. It’s a wonderful world of adventure and excitement, and toe fungus is not on the top of my list of must haves. It is one thing I do want to avoid all my life, but not at the expense of Pokemon!