Now, how does a ‘benjo’ work?

24 hours after my BA flight lifted its undercarriage from Heathrow, I touched down in Kagoshima, Japan’s most southerly airport. But more than 12 hours of that time were spent in transit and on internal flights…….always with fingers crossed that the bike was going to follow the same trail. And it did……phew! (The bad news is that Jenny has found the bolt for the seatpost on a shelf above my bikes at home……so now we’ll have to test the land of Shimano to provide me with the right part for the job).
Now for some light relief. Japan may be well known for its squat long-drop ‘benjos’ (loos), but I walked into the bathroom of my hotel room (a bit of luxury for the first night) and I was confronted with this…….


I mean, what is this all about? The remote control on the right seems to perform half a dozen different functions, and all I wanted was just to flush the d**n thing. So I shut the lid, pressed all of them in turn, and not a thing happened. Ah, then I found the low-tech override…..a small handle……so we got a normal flush in the end.
Oh, and btw, the cable on the left (if you can see it) going into the seat is a heater. When I sat on the ‘benjo’, it gave me a shock……a very warm loo seat in a room that was already at 30 degrees C! 
The logic defies me…….


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on March 20, 2015, in End-to-End of Japan 3000kms and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Paul Fielsing

    Very funny…where did you aquire a bolt..

  2. This is one indicator of Japan`s attention to cleanliness. I found last year when I was there, that most public toilets do not have hand drying facilities, the Japanese carry their own small towels. You will see lots of cultural differences to other countries , it will be a good adventure.

  3. Did your hotel loo have an electronic device which could produce fake water sounds to camouflage the actual tinkle of water hitting water? Keep safe

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