Friday, September 20, 2013

30 Things You Should Know and/or Will Love about Japan Series: # 2

These posts are written for Carrie, Pete, and Elvia for their imminent trip to Japan, but of course, anyone traveling to Japan or dreaming of traveling to Japan can enjoy.

#2 Weird & Wonderful Toilets

You just don't know the pleasure of sitting down on a warm toilet seat when you've had to get up in the middle of a chilly night.  Our bums are spoiled.  I never knew what I was missing.  We are seriously considering getting a Japanese toilet for our US house.

Toilets are heated.

They have all sorts of cleaning options.

They can play music/fake flush to mask unpleasant sounds in public restrooms.

You sometimes have an option of a strong flush & smaller flushes.

Some have sinks on the back for more efficient water use.

In homes, toilets are in separate rooms from the rest of the bathroom - there's no waiting to take your shower while your brother (let's say Tim, here) is reading the morning paper on the toilet.

Japan has a mix of "seat" toilets and squat public toilets.

Japanese public bathrooms are normally very clean, which makes it nice when you're out for a night on the town, sightseeing, at a concert or any other place that usually has questionable bathrooms.

What may be the most uncomfortable part of the trip is that that there will be 7 of us (well, 6 1/2 - Lola only uses the toilet when she wants to) sharing one toilet for two weeks.

So when you finally make it into that closet sized room - enjoy the warm seat and try one of the features (please make sure you are sitting down if you are playing with the buttons).

A sink that does it all - lather, wash, dry

Regular buttons on a toilet - most do not have nice English translations


Skip Tyler said...

I can verify that the toilets are incredible. There appear to have been improvements since I was there in 2006. Here are the details from my blog -

Julie said...

I could even go as far as saying "life changing" ^_^ Please feel free to chime in with your Japanese experience too - or even give me some ideas for the "30 things"