French American Intern Goes to JAPAN..OLD Temples and HIGH TECH Toilets…

06.11.10
 
HI!!  Yeah…the French intern in Texas is back from Japan!   

It was my first time in Asia, and needless to say I loved it!  It’s a very different country.  To summarize my trip, the first thing I want to talk about is the Architecture, which in Japan, would be the temples. The second is product design and the very high tech Japanese toilets!  A big experience!
  

TOKYO

TOKYO

 

Golden Pavillion KYOTO

Golden Pavillion KYOTO

 

Golden Pavillion KYOTO

Golden Pavillion KYOTO

 

me and KYOTO's Geishas!

me and KYOTO's Geishas!

 

  
I will say that socio-religious architecture is one of the important characteristics of advanced cultures, because it can show the interactions, shared values, and common political views. Buddhist temple architecture is a great example in Japan. Of course so different from my French Gothic-style cathedral architecture!!!
Virtually every Japanese municipality has at least one temple, while large cultural centers like Kyoto have several thousands, so after visiting the big ultra modern Tokyo and hers skyscrapers, we stoped by Kyoto and its wood temples. We have to remember, the nation was blessed with abundant forests throughout all the home islands, so it is complemented with a skilled class of woodworking artisans. Wood also is known to represent life; hence to envelope one’s creation with wood was to celebrate the existence of life itself. I noticed another particular Japanese feature was the construction of temples on raised platforms. I guess, due to the hot and humid climate conditions, these stilts provided the necessary ventilation along the foundation base to prevent moisture from compromising structural integrity. For decoration, the Japanese rendered the temples in polished bare wood finish to emphasize natural simplicity. In any event, certain types of wood (such as cypress) are weather-resistant in both hot and cold climates, so they do not have to be painted for surface protection.
Large bells are always placed in temples, then visitors look for peace of  heart and soul in the sound of the temple…
  
fushimi inari shrine KYOTO

fushimi inari shrine KYOTO

 

Another feature was the integrated concept from Japan’s “Shinto” (Way of the Gods) religion via the arch gateway called the “Torii”. This religion has been called “Emperor Worship” in the West, but is kind of a misnomer.  So, we really enjoyed the long tunnel of Torri which has the most iconic visions of Kyoto. There are thousands of torri gates that line the path up to the main shrine, called Fushimi Inari, which is a shrine dedicated to Inari, the Shinto Rice God. 

  

 

  

  

TOTO High Tech Toilet

TOTO High Tech Toilet

 

TOTO High Tech Toilet

TOTO High Tech Toilet

 

Another great feature in Japan is the super-high-tech sit-down toilet with a control panel! TOTO produce one of the most advanced types of toilets worldwide! First, the lid automatically opens as you approach, then closes and automatically flushes as you walk away. The seat warms using variable temperature sittings, we decide your own temperature! And, the revolutionary, multi-sequencial cyclonesiphon jet flushing system delivers higher level. I will say Japanese toilets and Japanese bathtubs are taking the world by storm. Well, after one week I noted that hygiene is an important part of the Japanese culture, and I guess their toilets are designed with this in mind. As well, these toilets are, whenever possible, in rooms separate from those for bathing. This is due to the ethic of separating clean from unclean, and this fact is a selling point in properties for rent!!

  

By Flavie Moreau 

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