When I visited Tokyo for the first time during the Cherry Blossoms period of 2008, there was one particular thing that I became so fond of using. We (my mother, brother and myself) stayed at the Tokyo Prince Hotel in the Shiba area and discovered that all their ensuite bathrooms have a japanese-style toilet seat that was a small source of joy every morning. The weather being cold after waking up, using the heated seat gave me a relaxing headstart for the day ahead.
First-timers might get a bit confused with the different buttons to push, but after a couple of tries, it is quite easy to get the hang of it. There are two built-in bidets that take care of you-know-what, a 3rd button which heats up the seat and a small adjusting cap that controls the temperature of the same. I know. I know. It’s kinda weird for some that I am discussing about a toilet seat (complete with a clean image of what we had at Tokyo Prince Hotel), but I just can’t help it. After returning to Manila, I explored the possibility of installing something like this in my own toilet and bath. Alas, it simply wasn’t practical. The technology was too complex for my country and no qualified technician would be available for maintenance. Besides, it was just darn too expensive!
Good thing one of my favorite hamburger joints (Sango!) opened a branch at the South Supermarket arcade in Alabang and got all giddy when I found out that their restrooms have these toilet seats. I advised the service crew to take good care of cleaning them. Hey, I am a concerned individual so cut me some slack. Come March next year, I will be returning to Japan to visit Osaka, Nara and Hiroshima. For sure, I will be rekindling my fondness for the same.