Observed Onboard: Cruising with Japanese Toilets

June 18, 2014 | By | No Comments

Controls on a Japanese toilet
Are you ready for a wash and blow dry? (And we’re not talking about hair salons.)
When Princess Cruises turned its attention to Japan – with Japanese-built Diamond Princess and Sun Princess offering cruises designed specifically for passengers from Japan – it wasn’t just the menus that were tweaked to cater to the tastes of the high-tech nation.
Cue the introduction of Japanese toilets, which bring a new meaning to the phrase “deep cleaning”.
Brits and Americans have long viewed bidets as, at worst, a pretty useless bathroom extra or, at best, something to wash your feet in/do the laundry in. We also love a bit of schoolboy toilet humor.
And judging by the rather cheeky thread started by Cruise Critic member Lanwood, on the subject of Japanese toilets, we’re not alone.
Members have had great fun discussing the various ‘menu’ options, including heated seats, wash and blow dry features with different temperature settings and the added choice of a sprinkle or spray that can be combined with a pulse and massage.
Despite Lanwood’s eloquent descriptions; e.g. “the heated seats gave a somewhat ‘unusual’ feeling”, fascinated members pressed the author to produce photographic evidence, which was subsequently forthcoming.
SeagoingMom was perturbed by the appearance of a button marked ‘child’, wondering if it was for flushing or bathing an infant. Much hilarity ensued, and when it comes to the bottom line (someone had to say it), the last word must go to member tml1230 who said: “I can’t seem to ‘wipe’ the smile off my face!”
A fresh take on bathrooms or something scary? Why not join the debate and let us know what you think?

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