Our first impression of Japan

Our first encounter of Japan was the toilet in Narita International Airport. To say that I was extremely impressed was an understatement to describe my reaction to Japanese toilet technology. Awe-struck was more like it.

The toilet comes with a soft-cushioned, warmed seat, with motion detection so the soothing sound of water played as soon as I closed the stall door (and stalls, by the way, are much more sealed off than American, gaps at the junctions ones). There were four to five different functions to suit one’s needs, including two directions of bidet.

My first thought was that, because it’s the Narita International airport, I would encounter this sophisticated and advanced toilet technology as a way to wow visitors to Japan. After all, the airport is one of the world’s top airports (ranked 11th in Skytrax’s world’s Top 100 Airports for 2018).

We soon discovered, however, that this type advanced super-toilet is widely available at most public places. The train station, the mall, the hotel, and even small restaurants had versions!

On the contrary, due to the costs, most homes or apartments have the basic toilet that we are accustomed to in the US, including our son’s apartment in Tokyo.

Tokyo may be the only city where we preferred to use a public restroom over a home toilet. No doubt our son wondered why we were so voluntary and eager to take his dog for walks for him!

Jiab’s Published Articles

List of published articles

Jiab’s published articles on HumbleDollar.com

Jim’s published articles

Jim’s published articles

Jim has published articles throughout his career. He also has three textbook series with the first book is now available at Amazon on Media Literacy. You can order it through Amazon link to the right of this page. Below are some of his published articles.

  • ”Gaming the System.”, Humbledollar.com, January 24, 2019. Link: Gaming the System
  • “In Defense of Pun.” (commentary section), Dallas Morning News, June 9, 2018. Link: In Defense of Pun
  • “Stop Treating Teachers Like Saints.” (commentary section), Dallas Morning News, May 20, 2016. Link: Stop Treating Teachers Like Saints
  • Summa: A stroy that’s the sum of its parts.”Kindle Book, 2016. Link: Summa: A story that’s the sum of its parts
  • With Loveland, Dave. “How augmented reality affects classroom. Eschoolnews. Aug 1, 2016. Link: How augmented reality affects classroom
  • With Loveland, Dave. “Are we where yet? (Technology use in the classroom for geography lessons).” Education Today, Term 3 (July, 2013), Print. Link:Are We There Yet?
  • “Summa.” (a story of cultural diversity), Calliope (Writer’s Special Interest Group journal of American Mensa), Summer, 2012. Print.
  • “Making Dew.” (a educational children’s story), Anansesem, Sept. 2010. Link: Making Dew

Our Typical Day

How do you keep the openness of the day from compelling you to lie on the couch until you are a pile of melted goo, or the madness of purposelessness creeps in till you are found with five hundred pages of “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” on your computer?