I also really loved that my host family had a whole smallish room for the toilet. This room was a bit sunk down and the practice was to remove house slippers, put on the toilet room slippers (that everyone shared), use the toilet, and then exit, leaving the toilet room slippers ready for the next person to enter (not exactly convenient for the person exiting), and putting house slippers back on. The toilet room was entirely separate from the room that had the sinks and there was no door between the two. I didn’t realize, until the end of my time in
, that my
Host Family’s toilet had a hand-washing sink on the back of it… every time one
flushed, clean water ran so you could wash your hands. Very cool.
Unfortunately, I went from the toilet room to the sink room every time
after I used the toilet. The room in
which we took showers and baths was through a door in the sink room. The bathing room was very cool. It was one level onto which you stepped upon
entering the room and then you stepped up to step down into the tub. The shower spigot was a few feet away from
the awesome tub so you could wash and rinse without getting any rinse water
into the hot deep tub. The tub was
amazing. It was re-circulated water kept
hot by a heater that was part of the whole set-up. I could sit in it and the water was up to my
chest. I could also stretch my legs out
straight in front of me. I could not lie
down unless I bent my legs… but I was happy to just sit and soak. I loved the baths! Japan
I got a cold while in
I also liked that the part of the school I attended expected us to remove our shoes to enter the main part of the building. The rest of the campus wasn’t like that, but I’m glad my little building was!
The bike parking area near the train station I rode to from my Host Family’s home was quite cool. There were bike racks, but no one used chains or anything else like that to lock up their bikes. There were neat little keyed or coded locks that stuck the tire in place somehow. I think it was more because the people were full of integrity, but being careful didn’t hurt either, I’m sure. The little parking lot I used was attended by a security guard, too. Very neat.