There are so many great things I could write about our trip to Japan but today I'm going to focus on toilets. Yep, you read that right, this whole entry is about toilets! Arguably, Japan has the greatest toilets in the entire world. It's really one of the things that I will miss the most about being on the other side of the world.
Like most children, as soon as we stepped off of the plane from our glorious 13 hour flight, Emma needed to use the bathroom. We located the nearest bathroom and Emma rushed into the stall. I heard her yell, " MOM! You've got to see this toilet!" The Japanese lady in the bathroom started laughing and asked if she had ever been to Japan. I responded with a laugh and an obvious no. Emma continued to go on and on from behind the stall door about how many buttons this toilet had. Finally it was my turn to go. I entered the stall and this is what awaited me.
We got used to the fancy pants toilets in most public bathrooms but occasionally, you would run into a bathroom that was a little old school to say the least.
This my friends is called a squat toilet. It's basically exactly what it look like, a porcelain hole on the floor that you are expected to pee (or even worse) into. Now, I wasn't particularly excited about this idea but it drove Emma to tears. She was so freaked out by this that she actually cried. She was so nervous about peeing on her pants. Apparently my kid is a city girl who has never peed in the woods! It took about 10 minutes of coaching and a demonstration to convince her that she could do it. After a mild anxiety attack she finally used the bathroom and no pants or shoes were harmed. Thank goodness she just had to pee! Squatty Potties as I called them were really not my favorite because lets face it, I don't like to be any closer to a public bathroom floor than is absolutely necessary. Emma wanted to experience Japanese culture while we were in Japan and it doesn't get more Japanese than this!
It's a little disappointing to come back to the USA and the fanciest toilet we have is one that flushes itself. Farewell Japanese toilets, until we meet again!