toilet トイレ


Arrived Frankfurt airport 6:00 am.

German toilet does more than flush.  It has a big on/off switch so you can stop the water, have an exact amount of water, have a complete control of your situation.  The toilet at Frankfurt airport Lufthansa VIP lounge is also equipped with a mechanical rotating toilet seat that swipe the seat after each use to sterilize itself.  Most toilet in Japan and our apartment in NYC have "Washlet", a gadget that cleans you with a single click of bottom.  Some toilet in Marrakech were squat style, reminded me a historical "pre-washlet" era in Japan.  Toilet in Sahara was, no, there was no toilet.  Sand dune takes care everything.   

To answer a question from my friend from Nara, Japan.  Building in Marrakech are made with large mud block from their red sand, stone, and lime.  Roman built with stone.  Japanese used to build with wood and paper.  German builds with a precision.  American builds with a dream.  Sahara sand people set up their tent with a respect to the nature.  Houses are build with most common material available in that place.

Near Sahara, there were lots of ruin.  As they were build with mud, it simply returns to dust when human stop its habitation.  Even the nice Riad I was staying in Marrakech had walls buckling.  Owners told me they need to re-plaster and repaint every year.   Each night before sleep, I swipe the bed sheets and find some plaster or paint peel on the sheets.  This is not disgusting.  It's a cycle of life.  It is also an amazing technology that outside temperature is 52 degree C (125F) and inside of room is 28 C without A/C.

German, Japanese, we do a good job being anal-retentive and control our living situation.  I feel home when I see the toilet tile in perfect alignment, an mathematic order of universe, and quality in craftsmanship.  In the dune, camel piss and shit as they carry you along which I didn't mind.

Click here for misc. photos from the planes flying above Istanbul, Mediterranean sea, and Frankfurt.