My family teased me as a child that I could not go anywhere without checking out the bathroom. I am not sure why bathrooms fascinate me so much but I have touched on the topic at least twice before in this blog. And Japan proved to be a bath lovers delight when you found a "western style" toilet. (Japanese style toilets are in the ground and require squatting which some of us with injured muscles can not currently do too well.)
|Flushing sound effect sensor|
Third, certain women's stalls in public restrooms have little seats for infants while mom is otherwise indisposed. The great thing about these infant seats are the picture instructions that mom not leave the baby unattended to put on makeup or smoke (see picture below). Not having a baby in tow these days, I found the seat useful for holding my camera case.
|Infant seat in Japanese public bathroom|
|Slippers for WC in Nishi Hongwanji|
Fourth, the Japanese have special slippers for the bathrooms to make sure that what happens in the bathroom stays in the bathroom. Apparently this practice is common in ryokan, minshuku and private homes (none of which did we visit). I found these slippers in one of the Kyoto temple's bathrooms.
|Sink shows you where to dry hands|
Sixth, (and finally for now), I fell in love with the shower at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto. It was a wonder of economic design. It had the shower from above, a movable handheld shower, and shower sprays at mid body to work on those parts of your back that frequently ache. I have seen showers in a local spa that sprayed from the top and the sides, but those showers were big and clunky. The shower in the Granvia was slim and well designed for someone my size as well as someone my husband's size. Again, if I ever remodel the master bathroom, I will make every effort to get this shower assembly. Then I can relive every day my wonderful Japan bath experience.