December 13, 2003

Japan 11: The final confrontation

There was no escaping it. My old nemesis demanded confrontation. Time: 3pm. Place: Nagoya Airport Departure Lounge. Chosen Weapons: Porcelain Channel versus full bowels. To be fair, my appointment with the Japanese public toilet could have been avoided. There was a disabled toilet with a regular western-style toilet that I could easily have chosen. But I didn't want to admit defeat. I wanted to leave the country victorious, to have made my mark on Japan, or at least on Japanese porcelain.

Now that the deed is done, I'm not really sure who was victorious. I still don't know if I was facing the right way (can't remember what Jon told me), and I was holding onto a low handrail behind me the whole time. Is that cheating? I just couldn't see any other way to do it. So I suppose in the end, we must call it an honourable truce. Face has been saved on both sides. And whatever the outcome, I feel a lot more comfortable now than I did ten minutes ago....

Posted by mthaddon at December 13, 2003 06:55 PM