Ahh, the fabled hi-tech toilets of Japan. I had heard much of these WC’s, so I was delighted to finally see one.
To start off with the seat was heated. I’m not sure if this was a built in feature or due to the fact that I was hot seating after a portlier than normal Japanese man.
On the right hand side is a control panel with instructions in Japanese and Braille, but no English. With a possible risk of a hot jet of water splashing me before I was ready, I pressed some of the buttons. Nothing happened, so I pressed all the buttons in different combinations, and still nothing happened. It appears that you need to be a commercial pilot or a Rhodes Scholar to operate these things. Either that or the toilet was broken.
It did flush though, saving myself and the queue of Japanese guys lots of blushes all round as I finally emerged from the cubicle.
[Hi-Tech Toilet - Tokyo]