Despite Japan's reputation for high tech toilets and washlets, and the announcement of a Toilenniale (toilet-themed art festival) to open in Oita prefecture in 2015, a surprising number of households in Japan still have the old-style Japanese "pit toilets."
Like a lot of people -- and you know who you are -- I brake for estate sales. I park the car and go into the house, partly to shop but mostly to check out the floor plan. Same goes for open houses. A "for sale" sign in front of a house and I hit the brakes.
Seeking the human truths that lurk behind the looking glass, or on the edge of the bathtub, leads to a rich treasure trove of insights whether you're a voyeur, marketer, or simply a bathroom anthropologist.
If you have to scribble down bathroom graffiti, put some heart and truth into your work. The written material and frescos I'm provided with in communal restrooms almost never meet my expectations -- besides the little man on the boat, of course.
My body is in L.A. but my head is somewhere over the Mediterranean Sea. I landed in L.A. after 31 hours of traveling. I don't really mind long plane trips. I begin to relax when I get in the taxi. That's when I relinquish control.
During the past 25 years, I've asked more than 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. I get all kinds of answers, but the one that has fascinated me the most is "the shower" -- maybe because I also get so many of my best ideas there.
At the end of a day of sightseeing and experiencing Peruvian nightlife, the best place to relax is in one of these luxurious bathrooms featuring everything from Jacuzzi tubs with expansive views to private saunas.