Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kansai - Osaka | World's Best WC | Automated nation



I have been to USH (Universal Studios Hollywood in USA) and USS (Universal Studios Singapore) but that didn't make me any less excited going to USJ (Universal Studios Japan). Harry Porter ride was not yet available when I visited the first two, thus needless to say I was delighted to be at USJ. As a matter of fact, I was up very early and was all ready at 6 a.m. waiting for the Coffee House to open for breakfast at 6.30 a.m. LOL.

6 a.m. Japan is 5 a.m. Malaysia
and I was all ready for USJ.
For the love of everything local (read Japan).

@ Hyatt Regency Osaka

Universal we are
The Harry Porter ride was pretty wild, but they did not make us Muslimah use a special scarf clip unlike the other roller coaster ride we took.

Special clips given to those wearing scarf
so it won't fly off when you get on wild rides.
Available for certain rides only.
Butter Beer
I say it's the best "beer" in the whole wide world!
[Tastes a bit like Root Beer Float, it's non-alcoholic, don't ya worry]

I have grown out of being a Hard Rock Cafe T-Shirt collector.
When I was younger I was crazy about hunting and owning
Hard Rock Tees from all over the world.
Not anymore.

What else is great about Japan/Japanese? Other than their high quality products and good truthful characters? I say, it's their WC. Yes. LOL.

Seriously! I think the yardstick for measuring how advance and how 'people friendly' a country is, is how good their WC is. And how serious they are in operating public restrooms. You know how cultured a society is when they give lots of attention to detail. And that the tap water is good for drinking. Yes, it's drinkable.

The pic below was taken at one R&R along the highway from Nagoya to Osaka. The electronic board found at the entrance saves you time from manually checking which toilet cube is vacant and which has what facility. They even have a room for Ostomate people [person who has undergone a surgical procedure to create an opening in the body that's used to discharge wastes.]  

Notice the legend? Click on pic to enlarge.
Pick your choice: Japanese style, Western style, Ostomate,
Diaper changing table, baby chair and changing table.'
Yellow light = occupied
Blue light = vacant

The Western style WC in Japan is commonly equipped with a heater-seat. You also get to press a button for 'flush sound' or some melody just so that people won't hear you pee etc. And you can adjust the volume of the 'flush sound' or music to your requirements. You also get to choose the type of water for cleansing, either spray or bidet and you can also adjust the water pressure to your needs. Once you are done with your business, simply press the stop button. And then press flush. Some toilets have a sensor and will flush for you. 

Clear instructions given.
This cube is not equipped with WC
that has 'music/flush sound' button though. 
For those who opt for a toilet cube that comes with a baby chair, you're given detail instructions too, e.g. "watch your child". All mothers watch their child of course. But that's the way they are, Japanese are detail oriented people, customer friendly and are very concerned about public safety and public requirements.

Baby chair inside toilet cubicle.

Toilet for kids

The hotel in Kansai where I stayed on my last night in Japan, had defibrillator available in the lobby, in case someone gets a heart attack. Can you believe that?

available at hotel lobby
We all know Japanese are well known for vending machines. I was particularly impressed with a machine for you to check out from the hotel; a foreign currency-exchange machine and a machine that looks like a mobile phone charger to me.
Everything in Japanese.
Looks like a mobile phone charger machine
Foreign currency exchange machine.
Unfortunately MYR (Malaysian Ringgit) is not a 'major currency'
hence not provided by the machine

Check out machine
Checking out from the hotel was
super quick and easy. 
The end of my Japan trip.
A quick review of the hotels I stayed in:
I say Tokyo's Takanawa Grand Prince Hotel
served the best buffet breakfast;
Fujinobou Kaen Hotel gave me an unforgettable memories
of enjoying a great view of Mount Fuji;
wearing Yukata for dinner and of course the Spa Ryokan experience;
Okura Act City in Hamamatsu I vote as the most chic hotel;
Osaka Hyatt Regency was a typical five star hotel; 
Kansai Washington Hotel in Osaka 
was not as opulent as the other hotels,
but it's close to the airport, and there were 
three shopping malls in the vicinity and I got to see some of
the coolest machines e.g. checking out machine. 
And...three out of the 5 hotels I stayed at, had large bottles
of Shiseido hair shampoo, body wash and lotion!
I mean really big, guys.   
Overall, two thumbs up to beautiful and ultra modern Japan
and the ever so polite and honest Japanese folks.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulilah for the wonderful experience.

I strongly recommend Muslims in Malaysia to give it a try - travel to Japan with a good tour guide provided by

Ask to travel with Jafri San - a knowledgeable and humorous tour guide, a Muslim (Malay) who speaks very fluent Japanese, who has got an engineering degree from Nagoya Uni, Japan. During the trip, he also functioned as adviser on which halal snacks to buy as souvenirs and would advise us on what food to avoid during buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner are provided at halal restaurants (for Indian/Turkish food). As for Japanese meals, he made special arrangements with selected local restaurants. And we ate Japanese food 90% of the time :D

Jafri San also gave us plenty of inside stories to Japanese culture and history. Too many interesting and fun facts to share here, so I suggest you save up and spend some good money to travel with him. LOL.
Sayonara, for now.

Cape Town next. Insha Allah.

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