if you're fortunate enough to stay in any one of the beautiful upscale hotels in Japan you will check in, have your bags delivered to your room, and no doubt after such a long fright...er, flight, you'll head for the bathroom to freshen up.
that's when you'll discover The Washlet.
made by Toto (the toilet makers, not the band) it's a marvelously modern butt washer. as you sit on the washlet you see the arrangement of soft-touch buttons pictured above on a handle which juts out on one side of what is otherwise a normal looking toilet.
the idea is a simple one: you press the button marked Spray, (the one with the adorable icon of a little butt being sprayed) and a soothing controlled-by-you spray washes your butt. then you move your little butt around to reach the appropriate crevice. when you've had enough you press Stop.
there are controls for the amount of water pressure as well as the water temperature. the newer more elaborate models have a blow dryer as well. there is also a bidet control for cleansing your front butt, as my seven-year-old calls it.
one thing you don't want to do is to press the Spray button without being seated on the washlet. for those of you curious enough to see how the washlet actually works, this will result in a lightning-fast arm coming out from the back of the washlet and an immediate spray to your face.
how do I know this? I'll never tell.
as comical as all of this seems, the actual result is a very satisfying feeling of clean like you've never know before. just another amazing facet of japanese innovation which a clean freak such as I can appreciate.
if you'd like to Seymour Butts (a guy I went to high school with)
go to www.washlet.com
clean is happy.