Friday, July 17, 2009
Won't Miss #12 - my ghastly water heater
Older Japanese buildings were not built with hot water capability in the kitchen. This wasn't because hot water wasn't available in homes since my building is only 25 years old and Japan certainly had the plumbing for hot water heating a quarter century ago. It was because it wasn't seen as a necessity to have hot water available in the kitchen. I'm not sure if they washed dishes with cold water or if they scooped hot water from the bath tub with a basin and carried it to the kitchen, but kitchen hot water heating didn't used to be installed. In those types of older buildings, a hideous-looking box is sometimes mounted above the sink to heat water and pump it through a hose.
I won't miss this awful contraption or how it seems to develop problems or break down every few years.