Wikipedian has a very long article on Japanese toilet culture - very good, actually. The first time I went to a hotel toilet and the lid lifted automatically, I nearly jumped out of my skin, I thought that particular stall had its own ghost LOL.
Yes, I had a friend in the US who wanted a toto with the urine analysis function. I don't think that function has taken off yet. 3 days ago
Advertisers are indeed wily and that old book was about "subliminal" ads, as I recall. But gotta say, I'm pretty good at resisting other types of ads, resolutely frugal and anti-consumerist (that's probably why we had a 40 year old bed!!) It's the ads which prey on food addiction that can derail me fastest if I permit it!! 5 days ago