Oct 17

Ten Thousand Ways to Flush a Toilet in Tokyo

by in japan, tokyo

toilet_japanAs much as I love Japan, it perplexes me. Even in my most private of moments, I am absolutely baffled. While discussing embarrassing Japanese toilet moments, I assured my Osaka friend, that I could easily write about Japanese “comfort stations”.

You can find some of the most basic and most complex toilets in the world in Japan. Advanced features rarely found outside of Asia, make the flushing function a mere after-thought to the Japanese. Japanese toilets have the ability to warm, wash, talk, spray, rinse, sing, dry, deodorize …. oh and flush. They do that too. Unless of course you have the pleasure of using a squatter; a fancy hole in the ground, squatters can be very messy and still found in public facilities all over the country.

Modern Japanese “washlets” are so high-functioning that elaborate diagrams and maps with instructions in Japanese (and sometimes English and/or Braille!) are often posted near the toilet control panel. Really. A toilet control panel. This allows the user to manage the seat temperature, bidet functions, water temperature, water pressure, flushing functions, sounds and more. Faux flushing sounds can be heard with the press of a button just to cover up those noises that you don’t even want to hear yourself make. To avoid surprises be sure to read all instructions thoroughly before use.

I made a point of snapping a few photos from the various loos I visited when in Tokyo earlier this month.

How do you flush yours?

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2 Responses to “Ten Thousand Ways to Flush a Toilet in Tokyo”

  1. From looseassociations:

    wow! i never dreamed of this… but i might have guessed it with the japanese! 🙂 thanks for sharing.

    Posted on November 12, 2009 at 6:11 am #
  2. From Amy:

    Hahah I remember these. Way too complicated and scary! 😛
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    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

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