2013-03-09: You may have heard about IT, but you didn’t believe any part of the story. BUT, here IT is … up close and personal !
Not just a toilet, or a WC … and not just any old toilet unit … this is ‘THE’ Toilet Unit … the ‘all-singing all-dancing wonder of the world’ ! Found throughout Japan … in locations which are private (e.g. residences and hotel rooms), as well as public (e.g. bus and railway stations).
The Toilet Unit in a hotel room shown here, TOTO TCF 521R, is an older model. Units in public places can have additional functions, e.g. playing music to ‘mask’ noises made by the person on the toilet. Notice the use of graphics on the control panel, texts in two languages (Japanese and English), separate spray settings for male and female, and a facility to alter spray water pressure and pattern (uniform or oscillating/pulsating).
Afterwards, you might consider visiting the Manufacturer’s WebSite (TOTO, in Japan) … http://www.toto.co.jp/ … to examine the advanced technologies driving the development of this product.
But beware of cheap imitations which are beginning to be promoted in Europe !
And just one more interesting bathroom feature from Japan … a heated section of a much larger mirror which remains clear in hot steamy conditions …