Practitioners of the slam-bang international business trip know that it's possible for you to hit Paris without getting a chance to taste a good baguette; you can be in and out of London without having proper tea; but no matter how brief your stay in Japan, chances are you will encounter a toilet you will be telling your friends about.
I know urging you to watch a ten-minute video about toilets is a hard sell, but technology consultant Morinosuke Kawaguchi's "Toilet Talk" from TEDxTokyo is nothing short of fascinating. Kawaguchi's skillful blend of delicacy and forthrightness about bathroom business allows him to perfectly explain why the Japanese toilet is a design object par excellence; he discusses the Operating-Room-like concept of no touch, the male urge to hunt, female notions of propriety, the significance of six seconds, and how toilet technology services all of these things and more:
Japanese speakers can see the untranslated presentation here.
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