Talking about toilets

June 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm (Assignments, Culture, Technology)

I just read the delightful tech review on Japanese toilets by fellow study abroad participant Joanna Darby and thought I’d mention them on my own blog, because really they are quite interesting.  The traditional Japanese toilet is not much more than a hole in the ground with a lever to flush with.  You have to squat in order to even use it, which can be interesting for the first time user.  But the really neat stuff comes with the Western style toilets.  I never knew a toilet in such everyday places as the subway, a restaurant, or a hotel room could have so much technology.  The one thing that made a regular appearance was a button to activate the sounds of flushing, and in some cases other options, so that one can do their business with a little more privacy.  Other amenities we came across were a button to activate a spray or bidet for one’s backside and a heated toilet seat.  I don’t know if any of these things will catch on in the rest of the world, but props to the Japanese for thinking of it first.

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2 Comments

  1. shastokes said,

    Before heading off to Japan, I heard about the westernized toilets and how advanced they were, but after experiencing the toilets first hand, I must say, they were quite the experience. At first, I could not find how to flush the toilets in certain buildings because even though many had the same idea/function when it came to the westernized toilets, some buttons were located on the toilet, or some were connected to the wall and even censored flushing as well as the censored flushing noises! Also, when I stepped into an original Japanese styled toilet at the subway one day, it smelled really bad and decided to wait until I found another restroom! lol

  2. jodarbs said,

    Thanks for the shout out, but just to agree with you I’d like to to say that I absolutely love these toilets. It’s not just about the technology either. These toliets give you a sensse of comfort and luxuary that most bathroom users don’t get a chance to experience. I seriously hope that this is the next technology from Japan that catches on in the United States.

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