the toilet post

No blog about Japan is complete without the wackiness of Asian toilets.  To start, please watch this introductory video.

Random fact: In Japan, 3.7% of household energy consumption is used to power toilet seats.  That’s less electricity than a typical kitchen requires, but more than TVs.

Step 1: Press start on the Flushing Sounds Machine
This machine makes a type of flushing/white noise sound so that no one can hear you tinkle. This crucial step prevents embarrassment for you and for those in surrounding stalls.

Step 2: Squat
No, this is not an in-ground urinal; this toilet style is used by women too.

Alternate Step 2: Sit down
A heated toilet seat is one of the great pleasures of Japanese technology; fuzzy seat covers on public toilets is one of the grossest. Can you imagine how many germs are on that thing??

The squat position is not as hard on Japanese people because they learn to sit like this from childhood.

The squat position is not as hard on Japanese people because they learn to sit like this from childhood.

WARNING: Don’t squat on sit-style toilets!!
This sign is actually from a ladies’ room in Indonesia, not Japan, but hahahahahahahaha!!!!

Step 3: Do your business
Once again, hahahahahaha!!!

Step 4: Clean your bits
Spray vs. bidet? Spray is for everyone; bidet is ladies only.

Step 5: Flush
You get to decide: big (大) flush or little (小) flush?

Step 6: Wash your hands
To conserve water, a lot of toilets have sinks over the tank. Clean water is pumped into the tank, so you can use it to wash your hands and avoid waste.

And here’s one last bit of wacky care of my former apartment’s common area.  Enjoy!

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