Upon arrival at the the Haneda airport, I opted for an immediate trip to the washroom. There I found myself lost within the added functionality to the bidets. The fundamental elements remained unchanged from the time we lived in Tokyo but today’s offerings went above and beyond what I remembered. What was previously just pressure, temperature and directional controls were now supplemented by options for oscillation, massages, deodorizers and music. It was my “welcome to Japan” moment and a little taste into the detailed world of its people that made the most mundane of actions so encapsulating. And if my brother were not waiting for me for quite some time already, I would have stayed even longer to study the perplexities of this contraption.