Australian Road Rider

TURNING JAPANESE

I arrived to motorcycle Japan with a notion that its society was pretty uptight. To my delight, everyone was so jokey and smiley. The moment I went to the john, I understood why. Sensing my approach, the toilet cover automatically lifted and jets sprayed a mist of electrolysed water (to ensure that “dirt” wouldn’t stick). The über high-tech contraption was so intimidating I forgot why I’d sat down in the first place. The arm rest and wall-panel controls had more gizmos than a TV remote: a heat control for the seat; music options; a built-in massager “to help defecation”; a bum gun for cleaning the privates, including a "turbo wash" option; a button for “front washing” and another for “rear washing”. Plus a heated blow-dryer. The Japanese had turned the act of poop and pee into a hands-free, technologically enhanced pleasure ritual. No wonder the women were so giggly.

I’d signed up for a Secrets of Japan tour with Edelweiss Bike Travel which, appropriately, described the 16-day circumnavigation of Honshu — the main island —

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