Saturday, March 31, 2012

Cutting-edge toilet (washlet and bidet)

Wow, do we need this advancement?
Our old flush toilet got broken less than a month ago and we had brand-new high-tech toilet. We were SO amazed with the fact that evrything can be done automatically.  "Just sit and Leave"  The toilet seat's top opens and closes by itself, fushes by itself.  Thinking back just a few decades ago; or maybe for my generation, these functions are too much advancement or a bit over the top.
I still tries to open the automatically opening top, surprise me untill when (^^;)
My husband and I laughed together about the fact that we both got really slow to get used to the change of the environment.

In Japan, we call "washlet ウォシュレット.... (wash+tiolet)" for Bidet toilet. 
The word "bidet,ビデ" means only for cleaning function.

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Bidet toilet seats have only been around since 1980 and were first made by the company Toto in Japan. Toto first called the Bidet Toilet Seat a Paperless Toilet and now they go by name Washlet or Washlets.  
The concept of cleaning yourself with water after doing your business has been around for 1000's of years. Bidets have been around for about 200 years and originated in France. In the early 1900's, the porcelain bidet appeared in Europe and later in the US. The porcelain bidet looks like a toilet but without the tank and seat. Some common misspellings of bidet are bedit and bedet. The word bidet sounds like "be day".

The old style bidets fell out of favor in the US, not because of what they did, but mostly because of how you had to do it. It took a lot of work to use one. You also needed extra space in your bathroom and extra plumbing, and that could be very costly. When you wanted to use one, you had to remove your clothing and straddle the cold porcelain bidet, then afterward dry yourself off with a towel. The concept was a good one because it left you feeling clean and fresh, but just too much of a hassle.

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