Japan is known for creating unusual high-tech products across many different industries. One place to experience an example of such development is in some of the country's public bathrooms.
Some people visiting Japan for the Rugby World Cup are seeing the latest high-tech toilets for the first time. Visitors using the modern "washlets" describe having a different, almost futuristic experience.
Developers say the high-tech toilets were built with several tools to provide the best experience possible. Some open themselves when people walk up. Others welcome users with a warm seat.
Some perform so many technology operations they can be hard for users to understand. Often, the toilet controls also do not contain English explanations.
Alex Weimer is a French rugby fan visiting Japan for the World Cup. Two hours after landing at the airport in Tokyo, he could not call his first high-tech toilet experience a great one.
There were something like 15 buttons in Japanese and I didn't know which one to press, Weimer told Reuters news agency. He said there were strange symbols attached to a series of controls that sent water shooting in every direction.
Weimer added that the toilet machine made strange noises when he tried to find the right control to make the device flush.
The high-tech washlets can be found everywhere in Japan – in public toilets, hotels and inside homes. The market for the devices is huge, with millions of tech-friendly Japanese.
But people desiring the technology can pay a high price. The low-end machines begin at around $232, while the complex ones sell for up to $9,300.
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1.high-tech adj. 高科技的
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2.walk up 走上前
You can walk up or take the cable car.
一些因世界杯橄榄球赛而到访日本的人首次注意到了最新的高科技厕所 。使用现代“座便”的游客们描述了自己不同于以往的未来主义体验 。
研发人员表示，这种高科技厕所是用几种工具建造的，是为了提供最好的用户体验 。有的厕所会在人们走近的时候就自己打开；还有一些厕所的座便是温暖的，给用户一种宾至如归的感觉 。
有些厕所用到了很多技术，对用户来说较难理解 。通常情况下，厕所的马桶控制也不带英文解释 。
亚历克斯是法国的橄榄球球迷，他也是因世界杯橄榄球赛而到访日本的 。在东京机场着陆2小时后，他发现自己的高科技厕所体验并不是很好 。
有大概15个按钮，全都是日文的，我不知道要按哪个，亚历克斯在接受路透社采访时如是说道 。亚历克斯说，一系列控制按钮上都有奇奇怪怪的标识，会让水从各个方向喷出来 。
这种高科技座便在日本到处可见——公共厕所、旅店、家里 。这种座便的市场很大，有上百万个对科技持友好态度的日本人 。
不过，苛求这种科技的人可能要付出昂贵的代价 。低端机器的最低价格大概在232美元，复杂机器的价格可能高达9300美元 。
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