In addition to yesterday’s toilet paper holder; there were two others that I noted.
One was a beautiful clam shell type apparatus, simulated here by my hands.
To add paper just lift the top part of the clam shell and place the roll of paper in. Then let the top of the clam shell back down.
No little metal bar is needed to put through the center of the roll. The clam shell holds it it place and allows sheets to be pulled out and torn off. It is quicker and easier to change a roll than our traditional types. It looked very pretty and completely covered the roll, not like my simulation.
In one elegant bathroom, the Japanese owners had a flat rectangular plate holding a stack of rectangular sheets of toilet paper. No roll at all, just take a few sheets as needed.
The Japanese are very good at ‘borrowing’ ideas from other cultures and improving them.
© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur