There are always stories about the strange things you may run into when you visit a foreign country.
Here in Japan, one of the first things I came across was the Japanese toilet. Both the older version and the modern version.
When Megumi and I were back for a holiday in Scotland in 2016 the thing we missed the most were Japanese toilets.
Probably one of the first negative experiences a Japanese tourist has when visiting Scotland (or almost any foreign country) is the first time they sit down on a toilet seat. Even I, who has grown up in Scotland but has lived in Japan for about 16 years, goes through the same negative experience when visiting home.
The unsuspecting Japanese tourist, on their first visit to a Scottish toilet, sits down and immediately cries out and jumps high into the air as their bottom touches the stone cold toilet seat.
Nowadays most of you will have seen videos of high-tech Japanese toilets. It's not just a fad. Most Japanese homes now have some version of the high-tech toilet. Affordable ones, not the high-priced ones you see demonstrated at trade fares.In fact the high-tech toilet is increasingly found installed in public toilets around Japan.
About 10 years ago I made a video about toilet we had in our apartment. I'm going to include it here so that you can see a very simple version of the high-tech toilet. Over the past 10 years the high-tech toilet here in Japan has become more and more sophisticated, as you'll probably notice in the video links I am posting.
Megumi and I visited Scotland in 2016 we came prepared. Megumi had wisely brought along special warm overlays that we could place on the cold seats before we lowered our pampered bottoms onto them.
Believe me, high-tech toilets in Japan are not just a figment of imagination. They do exist and they can be found in increasing numbers all over the country. With the approach of the next Tokyo Olympics even more toilets are being modernised and fitted with the latest in high-tech toilets.
Here is my video from 2007
Here is a video from our 2016 visit.